OJS Theme and Customization

  1. You start by visiting our OJS Theme page and making your OJS Theme selection.
  2. Choose the License Type from the drop-down menu. Note that a Regular License allows you to use our OJS theme in one journal only. An Extended License allows you to use our OJS theme in multiple journals, within the same installation, and in one server only.
  3. Then just click on the “Order Now” button and from there you can quickly and easily pay using our secure online system via PayPal or credit card.
  4. Following your purchase, we will contact you within 24 hours to proceed with your chosen theme installation.
  5. If you decided to make the installation yourself, we can quickly provide you with our OJS theme plug-in and the readme.txt file, which contains instructions on theme installation and setup. Please note that as you are purchasing a license, we will need to verify where our theme will be installed before providing you with the plug-in.
  6. Customization Policy: OJS themes purchased from openjournalsystems.com are for your use only. You may customize the theme, but you may not include the original purchased items (or source files) in any distributed end product. This includes any OJS theme that you have customized yourself.
  7. Licensing Policy: when you purchase an OJS theme from us, you’re acquiring a license to use an OpenJournalSystems.com theme. A single purchase of an OpenJournalSystems.com OJS theme allows you to use the theme on one finished site. If you need to use it on a second site, you would be required to purchase a second license. There are two options when licensing a theme from OpenJournalSystems.com: a Regular License and an Extended License. A Regular License allows you to use our OJS theme in one journal only. An Extended License allows you to use our OJS theme in multiple journals, within the same installation, and in one server only.
  8. Upgrade policy: themes have to be upgraded in order to be compatible with each software upgrade. Our theme support only covers 12 months of support. For any additional support beyond the 12 months, we charge $50/year.
  9. Refund Policy: because we sell non-tangible digital products which cannot be returned or exchanged, we do not offer refunds. Please take the time to review the theme demos and get in touch with us if you have any questions prior to making your purchase.
  1. No. Themes and plugins sold on OpenJournalSystems.com are sold under a default split license.
  2. This Default Split License ensures we can protect our rights and freedoms to respect (and comply with) the General Public License (GPL) but control the use of our own custom created work at the same time.
  3. There are two elements covered by a Default Split License:
    The Non-GPL Portion: This includes all Assets – `, Images, and Custom Templates created by OpenJournalSystems.com.
    The GPL Portion: This includes the OJS core files: PHP, HTML, and standard OJS Templates.
  4. This setup is in compliance with Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) ruling. In 2009, The SFLC opinion states that the PHP and any intermingled HTML needs to be released under the GPL but CSS and images, by contrast, can be but do not need to be. Essentially what this means is two different sets of licensing rights apply. The latter components that are not released under the GPL, the custom content created by OpenJournalSystems.com, is covered by a separate license and NOT the GPL Licensing
  5. For more information about Split License, please visit: https://help.market.envato.com/hc/en-us/articles/202501064-What-is-Split-Licensing-and-the-GPL-
  • No. OJS themes purchased from OpenJournalSystems.com.com are for your use only. You may not include the original purchased items (or source files) in any distributed end product. This includes any OJS theme that you have customized yourself.
  • Yes. All our themes are a one-time fee with unlimited ongoing support and updates.
  • Yes. Before making your selection, please visit our OJS theme home page to see a demo of each theme.
  • Within 24 hours of your purchase, we will contact you with details for your chosen theme installation. If you decided to make the installation yourself, we can provide you with the plug-in and the readme.txt file, which contains instructions on theme setup. You can also view these instructions on the theme instructions page.
  • Because we sell non-tangible digital products which cannot be returned or exchanged, we do not offer refunds. Please take the time to review the theme demos and get in touch with us if you have any questions prior to making your purchase.
  • All of our themes have been custom designed to suit any possible requirements you may have for your OJS. Please visit our OJS theme home page to experience our demos and help you select the right OJS theme for you.
  • Yes. We can redesign your OJS site to give it any look or theme you desire. We charge $75/hour for OJS customization services. We would love to hear about your project, just get in touch via our contact page and we can discuss your requirements in more detail.
  • Yes. A color customization option is available in all out OJS 3.x Themes collection and is accessible from OJS 3.x dashboard. Anything beyond color customization would involve changing the corresponding CSS and template files. Please note that all fonts and colors are controlled with CSS. While you don’t need to be a coding expert, you would be required to have some CSS knowledge to customize your theme.
  • Yes. All our OJS 3.x modern themes ( and some OJS 2.x themes) have color modification options that are accessible from the theme settings. For the classic themes, however, you need to know a bit of CSS in order to make the changes to the relevant files.
  • Yes. All fonts are controlled with CSS. While you don’t need to be a coding expert, you would be required to have some CSS knowledge to customize the fonts.
  • OJS plugins are small snippets of code that can help you easily add new features, which will be essential for the success of your OJS publishing website. Our Plugin Customization services helps Open Journal Systems to expand its functionality without altering the OJS core program.We have many years of experience and expertise in creating custom OJS plugins, upgrading existing plugins, and supporting all of the plug-ins that you are using. Our company has designed and developed a variety of custom OJS plugins since 2013. For more information, please visit our New Products page.
  • OJS Workflow Customization is intended to tailor and streamline the Manuscript Tracking System within OJS. It redefines how every manuscript submitted to your journal is handled during the peer-review and editing stages. We specialize in analyzing your OJS workflow requirements and translating those processes directly into your OJS platform. This is vital in reducing training time, increasing familiarity with the system, and creating a cost-effective model for your publishing. Our goal is to provide a custom, intuitive platform that works for you. The goal is to provide a custom, intuitive platform that works for you. Our four-step process is simple yet effective:
  1. STRATEGY: We analyze your current workflow requirements and suggest ways to improve your processes.
  2. PLANNING: We create a visual representation of the new workflow by creating a wireframe.
  3. BUILDING: We start with the development of your project and provide continuous updates to ensure that the project is always moving in the right direction.
  4. SUPPORT: We provide comprehensive post-implementation debugging and support to ensure a successful implementation.
  • We provide a variety of option for support. You can contact us:
    • through email: (info@openjournalsystems.com),
    • through our Client Portal,
    • through Skype (Skype ID: OpenJournalSystems), or
    • by phone: 602-527-7080.
  • We provide support for theme installation and setup. This includes all issues arising from any of the packaged theme features and any theme bug fixes. This will give you everything required to ensure that all theme features are working as advertised and as shown on the demo site.

    To find out more about OpenJournalSystems.com Customization Services, have a look at some of our latest OJS Projects. If you have any questions, please contact our team.

  • When you purchase an OJS theme from us, you’re acquiring a license to use an OpenJournalSystems.com theme.
    There are two options when licensing a theme from OpenJournalSystems.com: a Regular License and an Extended License. A Regular License allows you to use our OJS theme in one journal only. An Extended License allows you to use our OJS theme in multiple journals, within the same installation, and in one server only.
  • Yes. A single purchase of an OpenJournalSystems.com OJS theme allows you to use the theme on one finished site. If you need to use it on a second site, you would be required to purchase a second license.
  • Yes. If you have already purchased a Regular License, you can easily upgrade to an Extended License by simply paying the price difference.
  • The Extended License cost depends on each specific theme design. Please see our OJS theme home page for more detailed pricing information.
  • No. In order to receive ongoing updates and support, we require our company credit to remain in the footer.