There are potential security challenges with using open-source software that should not be ignored. Aside from damage to your publishing business reputation and the cost in time and money to fix, OJS security vulnerabilities can expose you to legal liability through tort law.
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Portable Document Format (PDF) came into existence 15 to 20 years ago as alternatives to paper articles. Both have their place in publishing; however, HTML has increasingly become the standard for online use as it is more in tune with developments in the research process.
African publishers can fall prey to dubious, self-serving, non-profit publishing support establishments that have tried to carve out a monopoly in the industry. These companies receive large amounts of public or government money, but fail to provide even standard levels of service. Most of this funding ends up in their executive’s pockets.
With a sharp increase in Open Journal Systems (OJS) hacking incidents, the developer, Public Knowledge Project (PKP), faces a serious challenge to improve the security of its programs.