Set issue publication date in advance of publication

Describe the problem you would like to solve
When creating a Future Issue, you can set the Identification metadata for issue (Vol, No, Year, Title) but you cannot set the publication date.
This causes a small issue for editors/assistants who are uploading archives of back issues. Currently, they can set the Identification metadata, but then they have to publish the issue and edit it after to set the correct Publication Date. It’s a small workaround, but still annoying.

Describe the solution you’d like
Request to modify the Create Issue input form to include the Date Published field that the editor could select prior to publication which would reduce the need to edit the Issue Publication Date after publication. This is a feature already available for articles where you can set the publication date under the Issue tab.

Who is asking for this feature?
Journal editors and assistants moving archives onto OJS would have a better user experience.

Additional information
OJS 3.3.


That is a useful feature. I upvote the request.

I upvote this request as well. We have a number of journals uploading back issues and running into trouble.

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Yes that is a good idea! One vote from me as well! Also the feature to use a future date if you wish to publish the issue a specific date.

Further, we have also had problems when activating the “how to cite” plugin for digitized journals. If we use the publication date for online publishing the “how to cite”-information will be incorrect.


Hi @jhatherill

Do you mind to edit your first post to follow the forum template?

If all petition follow same structure we hope it will facilitate the understanding of your petition and at same time, will ensure no relevant info is missing.

The template is this:

Describe the problem you would like to solve
Example: Our editors need a way to […]

Describe the solution you’d like
Tell us how you would like this problem to be solved.

Who is asking for this feature?
Tell us what kind of users are requesting this feature. Example: Journal Editors, Journal Administrators, Technical Support, Authors, Reviewers, etc.

Additional information
Add any other information or screenshots about the feature request here.

Thanks for your help!

fyi Can't set the publication date of an issue before it is published · Issue #7165 · pkp/pkp-lib · GitHub

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@ajnyga This would be very useful feature, can this be added to 3.4 release?

I am fairly sure it will be included in 3.4