What is the Versioning in OJS 3.2 actually good for?

Hi everybody,

this is actually me, being totally confused about the Versioning in OJS 3.2+.

At first, I thought: “Yes! Finally the editors are forced to make changes visible on the website.” However, the editors (who normally ask me, if I could change text in the OJS backend GUI) found out before me, that you can actually “unpublish” an article, change metadata or anything else and then “republish” it again without any hint on the article website.

I am sure versioning has a sense (because otherwise you would not have spend hours and hours to implement it), but please tell what it is!



Does the versioning is for re-editing the published article or correcting it?

Hi @Ainul_Rafiq ,

I interpret the versioning for the purpose of tracking changes after article publication. So, if you have to swap the article’s PDF (even because of minor issues) or change a typo in the article title, you should be forced to make a new version.

Yes, I also think that the versioning purposes are those kinds. Or, if the author receiving post-publication review from any researchers, they can inform the editor to wish to make a revision of the articles and the editor implement the newer version use versioning.

PS: Sorry about my bad English language. I’m an Indonesia native speaker.

Hi all,

See the discussion on Versioning for published articles for the discussion that led to the current implementation. Essentially we decided not to force editors to create versions – it’s important for them to understand best practices and follow them – and they will want the ability to make minor corrections (e.g. a formatting typo in an abstract) without needing to publish a revision.

Alec Smecher
Public Knowledge Project Team

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I would like to ask if it is possible to update METADATA without publishing a revision?
I think not and this seems a shame.
Janet Joyce

Hi @joyce_janet ,

See “Option 1” at Chapter 15: Production and Publication.

Alec Smecher
Public Knowledge Project Team

What I want to do it just add categories to articles. That seems impossible to do without reloading, etc. Yet, it is really a marketing add-on, so not truly metadata that would even need to be conveyed to CrossRef etc.


Hi @joyce_janet,

I actually ran into this myself while testing the Categories toolset recently; the Category assignments are not versioned (and shouldn’t be), so it doesn’t make sense that they require working with the versioning tools in order to change assignments.

I’ve filed this as a feature request: Exclude marketing-related information from versioning requirement · Issue #7433 · pkp/pkp-lib · GitHub

Alec Smecher
Public Knowledge Project Team

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