Description of issue or problem I’m having:
Our partners asked if OJS can also be used for managing conferences call-for-papers, reviews and later publication of the presentations. The first two points can well be addressed using OJS. The last point, publication, is, however, problematic: If not in the form of “proceedings” the papers cannot be seen as “articles”, and do not belong to any journal. They are a type of “grey literature”. This becomes a problem when the papers shall get a DOI or be indexed, as every submission is treated as a journal article.
A possible solution may be to extend OJS submission “components”. As of now, these components have to be of the type “Document”, “Artwork”, or “Supplementary Content”. “Document” is the most appropriate. However, “Document”, as I understand it, refers to a journal article. As such, i.e. when the DOI is registered, they are not registered as conference papers, but as journal articles.
I.m.o. what would help would be a new document type, which could then get the appropriate metadata and be registered (by Crossref or datacite) in the correct way. That would make OJS capable to fully represent the workflow for conference submissions and publications.
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