OJS multilanguage submissions

Dear all,
I’m trying to understand if an OJS behaviour is normal or not. I am using OJS
I have a journal with main language italian and english as other language.
When an author makes a submission in english only, he cannot submit it because OJS asks for information in italian:
“Errrors occurred processing this form
An announcement title is required (italiano)
A short announcement description is required (italiano)”

Is it expected? I mean, is it true that it is mandatory to fill out elements in the main journal language, while the fields in secondary languages can be empty?


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Hi Lorenzo,

Under Journal Management > Languages, what options do you have set for each language?

Alec Smecher
Public Knowledge Project Team

Thanks for reply Alec.
Settings are:
Primary Locale: italiano
Supported locales
English with checks in UI Submissions Forms
Italiano with checks in UI Submissions Forms

Hi Lorenzo,

Can you double-check those messages? I’m confused because the error messages you mention are related to announcements, and the process you’re describing is where the author creates a submission.

The expected behavior is that when an author starts a submission in a particular language (e.g. English), using the language pull-down at the beginning of the process, certain fields will be required in that language, such as the title and abstract.

Alec Smecher
Public Knowledge Project Team

Thanks for replying Alec.
I checked the submission workflow and it works as expected, without asking texts in other languages than the submission language.

My message was based upon a problem reported by one of our users, which mentioned this problem in relation to announcements AND article submissions.
I didn’t check myself the article submission. Sorry!
Case closed.

Hi there.
I have the same problem but with OCS
I have a multilingual site setup (English and Croatian).
In language settings, I have English set as default, and both English and Croatian with UI and Forms checked.
(the same as Lorenzo with Italiano).

When I try to submit an abstract for a conference in Croatian language (form language Croatian), it says:
Errors occurred processing this form:
Please enter the title of your paper. (English)
Please enter an abstract for your submission. (English)

And if I don’t change form language to English, it doesn’t allow submission.

If I disable (in language settings) forms checkbox in Croatian, it works without letting me choose the form language, but I don’t think it’s supposed to work like that.

Kind regards,


Hi @ihaladin,

With English set as the default, OCS will require certain fields to have a value entered in that language. For OJS and OMP we’ve extended the options there slightly to allow for the submitter to choose a primary language for the submission, but that option hasn’t been back-ported to OCS. For now, your choice of primary language for the conference imposes certain requirements on data attached to submissions within it.

Alec Smecher
Public Knowledge Project Team