Adding Single Article Pricing and Order Management to OJS

Describe the problem you would like to solve Example: Our editors need a way to monetize individual articles and manage transactions within the Open Journal Systems (OJS). Currently, OJS provides excellent support for journal management and publication but lacks the flexibility for journals to sell individual articles and handle the associated transactions directly within the system.
Hello PKP Community,

I hope this message finds everyone well. I’m writing to propose a couple of significant enhancements to the Open Journal Systems (OJS) that I believe could greatly benefit the broader academic community.

Describe the solution you’d like
I would like OJS to incorporate two key features:

  1. Single Article Pricing: This feature would allow publishers to set and manage prices for individual articles. It should be easy to use, allowing editors to assign different prices to different articles as needed. This would provide readers the option to purchase individual articles without needing a full journal or subscription access.
  2. Order Management System: This system would handle the transactions for both subscriptions and individual article purchases. Key functionalities should include order tracking, payment processing, and management of access rights. This would streamline the purchasing process, making it more efficient and user-friendly for both publishers and customers.

Who is asking for this feature?
This feature request is primarily coming from Journal Editors and Journal Administrators who are looking for new revenue streams and better transaction management within OJS. It is also of interest to Technical Support teams who seek to provide more comprehensive service to journal staff and users.

Additional information
Adding these features to OJS would significantly enhance its functionality, making it a more comprehensive platform for academic publishing. It would not only support the financial sustainability of journals, especially those with smaller circulation, but also improve access to scholarly content for a broader audience. This could lead to an increase in the distribution and consumption of academic work, ultimately benefiting the entire academic community.

Thank you for considering my suggestions.

Best regards