Preprints in OJS3


In Montreal we had a brief chat concerning preprints in OJS3 together with @jmacgreg and the folks from Crossref. This is my suggestion on how to add a preprints feature to OJS3.

Note that this is not the same thing as having a continuous publishing model, but should be probably considered together with it.

What are preprints?

Publishing article manuscripts before the editorial process has finished and outside the normal issue publication. This could be:

  1. immediately after submission
  2. when the submission is received by the editor (editor assigned)
  3. after peer-review
  4. after copy-editing

Usually it means publishing the manuscript before peer-review:

Adding preprints in OJS3

A fast and simple solution: add a new files grid to the Submission stage of the workflow. The grid would work like the Galleys grid in the production stage.

If you add a file(s) to the Preprints grid, it will tell the system that a preprint of the article is available.

Showing preprints in OJS3

A preprint of an article will be visible if the following are true:
a) There are files available in the Preprints grid
b) The article has not been published yet

There should be two views/handlers:

  1. Preprints page for the journal. This will list all preprints for the given context.
  2. Preprints page for the site. This will list all preprints for the whole site.

The abstract page of a preprint should be different from the published article. It should make clear that it is not a published article.

Can OJS 3 achieve these functionalities?
Publish advance issue, not current

Has there been any progress on this discussion?


I know that PKP has talked about preprints and OJS, but I do not know about the schedule or the way they plan to implement it. Maybe @asmecher has some details?

After writing the description above I started to think that if OJS soon has a versioning feature meaning that it starts to support different versions of the published article, then this is probably the feature that should also include the preprint version of an article. @lilients knows if this has been considered?


Hi @ajnyga, thanks for your thoughts on this topic. I started to adapt the versioning to the latest version of OJS. And we also discussed the preprints recently. I wrote some ideas to the issue: I would be happy if you could have a look and give some feedback.


Any news with this very good feature?
Is there any chance that it will be launched by 2019?

Boris L. Almonacid


There are plans for preprints scheduled for 2019.