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Scholarly Journal Publishing

Resources for journal editors whose journals are hosted by the University of Calgary.

Setting Up Your Online Journal

Once you have reviewed our Getting Started material, you are ready to work with us to set up your OJS installation. We can set you up with a fresh instance, or help you migrate in content for existing journals.

We also suggest that journal personnel become somewhat familiar with OJS before requesting an installation. PKP School is one of the best ways to do that. 

Steps 1-3 must be completed before we can prepare your OJS installation, usually within one business week.

Your main contact will be given a Journal Manager role. That person will thereafter be responsible for assigning all other roles. 

Please note: Only the University of Calgary will have the Site Administration role and file level access to the hosting servers.

1. Request a Consultation with Publishing Hosting Support

If you have not yet requested help from Libraries and Cultural Resources Publishing Hosting Services, request a consultation here: http://ucalgary.libsurveys.com/journalhosting.

2. Read through our forms

3. Apply for a custom domain (optional)

  • We will provide journals with a URL that looks as follows: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/[yourjournalabbreviation], ex. https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/jit.
  • Journals may obtain their own domain if they wish. Our recommended service provider is GoDaddy. Instructions for setting up your custom domain: https://library.ucalgary.ca/files/library/ojs-domain-forwarding.pdf

4. Complete the 5-stage journal setup

5. Choose your Creative Commons License

If your journal is open access, research Copyright Creative Commons Licensing and choose which one is best for you. Creative Commons Licenses "forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates

6. Develop your self-archiving policies