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Work group 1 – Editorial software systems and hosting solutions

The editorial software system is the very core of the technical system that supports online publishing. Many of these are constructed in a way that societies and other journal owners can manage the work themselves. A common situation is that an organization or a university hosts an installation of software, which then can be accessed by several journal managers. A whole range of software solutions has been developed for the effort (see http://www.arl.org/sparc/publisher/journal_management.html). One with strong following has been adopted by several of the participants, Open Journal Systems (OJS). It is developed on an open-source platform by Simon Fraser University, Canada. In Sweden, Linköping University has developed its own software, Journal Author and Reviewer Support System (JARSS), which uses a different approach and has a number of additional facilities compared to other systems. These software solutions are still developing and offer ample opportunities for additions of functionality and features.

Actions by WG1

Initiate a Nordic OJS users interest group.

Contacts will be taken with all known Nordic users of the OJS software. From their experiences a common “wish-list” will be put together and presented to the OJS developers team. The establishment of a Nordic OJS User Group will be supported in connection with this activity. SV1 is responsible for the activity. Time-line: The common “wish-list” should be established by June 2009 and an OJS Nordic interest group meeting arranged in connection with the NOAP-conference in September/October 2009. We have put together a listing of Nordic journals using OJS.[[1]]. Please help us keep this listing updated.