Open Access Journals @NWU

Project Description

Description of project:
Implementation of a digital journal publishing platform to support the different phases of the publishing life-cycle for Open Access journals.

The Library will be the owner of the system, but the day-to-day activities related to managing journals published on the platform will be the responsibility of the respective journal editors.

The request was initiated by Corrie Breitenbach (04 Nov 2016)

Hallo Anelda
Ons (ek en Louw) voel lankal die behoefte om ‘n platform vir die NWU se Open Access tydskrifte daar te stel, maar weens gebrek aan infrastruktuur en min personeel, het ons dit elke keer weer op die agtergrond geskuif. Tans word daar 10 tydskrifte op Boloka gehuisves waarvan 6 lopend is. Boloka is nie eintlik die regte platform vir tydskrifte nie, maar ons het op grond van navrae hierdie behoefte probeer aanspreek.
Na aanleiding van die oulike aanbieding tydens ons AO week, deur proff Anel du Plessis en Wian Erlank oor die PER tydskrif wat suksesvol deur ASSAf se OJS platform beskikbaar gestel word, dink ek ons moet weer na hierdie idee kyk en glo dit gaan regtig groter sigbaarheid en beheer vir ons eie NWU tydskrifte bring. ASSAf moedig instansies aan om hul eie infrastruktuur daar te stel en hulle sal ook die opleiding kom doen.
Die OJS sagteware (open source) wat tydskrifte huisves “is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally-funded efforts to expand and improve access to research”  ASSAf en Univ. Stellenbosch   gebruik ook hierdie sagteware. Wonderlike statistiek is ook beskikbaar.
Daar tans 6 NWU Open Access tydskrifte (Koers, In die Skriflig en TD: Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in South Africa, Jamba, Literator, Transformation in higher education ) deur AOSIS beskikbaar gestel word teen ‘n baie groot prys. Toevallig gebruik hulle ook die OJS sagteware. Ek sien dit ook as “traffic” wat die NWU verloor – skakels is na buite en hierdie is alles wat ons Webometrics Rankings kan opstoot.
As eResearch-dryf, sal ons nie soiets hier plaaslik kan begin nie, al is dit eers met net een tydskrif?
Dalk iets om aan te dink as ons die ouens kan oortuig om hul “geld” eerder hier te belê as by AOSIS.
Corrie en Louw


Project Progress


Overall Project Completion

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  • 60%


  • 40%
  • 80%

1. Approval, infrastructure and installation Complete 100% Tasks 4 / 4


4 of 4 completedTasks

  • Get approval from system architect
  • Get approval from infrastructure
  • Get server and do basic setup
  • Application installation and preliminary testing in development

2. Configuration and integration Complete 57% Tasks 2 / 5


2 of 5 completedTasks

  • Set up users and rights (in Library)
  • User interface customization
  • ORCID integration
  • Investigate integration with Dspace
  • Find out about Crossreff (DOI)

3. Testing and training Complete 30% Tasks 1 / 6




— training provisionally scheduled 11 and 12 April by ASSAf

1 of 6 completedTasks

  • Develop training material (with Library)
  • Investigate importing existing journals from Dspace
  • Define and create basic workflow (using PELJ as champion)
  • Add JLT + set up journal
  • Add SAJRSPER + set up journal
  • Invite trainer / host training event (with Library)

4. Set up production Complete 55% Tasks 0 / 3


0 of 3 completedTasks

  • Set up production environment
  • Import PELJ from ASSAF OJS
  • System handover to Library

Project Discussion 8 Responses to Open Access Journals @NWU

  1. The system is stable and currently in waiting state for journal to start with the process of publishing their first volume.
    Handover of project will be done after AOS-BA position has been filled.

    February 24, 2020 at 2:12 pm
  2. CrossRef registration completed.
    Looking at registering DOI’s, getting prefix for new journal and integrating ORCID.

    September 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm
  3. Another journal has expressed interest in using the platform (prof Stefan Kruger).
    Follow up training was provided and the journal is being set up.
    Library staff who will support users attended training and support will be handed over to them.
    DOIs with CrossRef to be investigated August.

    July 23, 2019 at 4:57 pm
  4. Prof Moss adding section editors and will use OJS for whole work-flow right up to publication.
    Prof Stefan Kruger showed interest in OJS and wants to launch a new Open Access journal at the NWU. In contact with his office to organise training and support as needed.

    April 3, 2019 at 4:38 pm
  5. After a meeting with prof Moss on 6 March the focus for this year will be to get the journal workflow on OJS sorted out completely.
    This will be submission, peer review and acceptance up to the point of publication which will still be done physically.
    There is an update to the system which we are working on getting installed – and then CrossRef integration still needs to be done.

    February 21, 2019 at 12:12 pm
  6. Prof Moss is working on the system but has very limited time to work on it. No other editors have started using the system.
    From the LIS side no work has been done on OJS further. With the appointment of a Manager:LS more time may be dedicated to working on this system as it seems that “Library as a publisher” is a strategic objective for the LIS for 2019.

    November 2, 2018 at 8:59 am
  7. 01 Aug 2017: The request was approved. The hosting options should be investigated as well, and OI will have to recommend the best option.
    The project should be done in collaboration with the Architecture Team.
    Louw will support and maintain the system after implementation.

    August 4, 2017 at 9:53 am
  8. 08 Nov 2016:
    Adelle Lotter & Martin Dreyer to investigate the request

    February 15, 2017 at 10:52 am

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