OJS Hosting

  1. Choose a Hosting Plan: The first step is to choose your OJS hosting plan. In order to choose the right OJS hosting plan, you will want to consider the goals of your online publishing. The biggest differences between various OJS hosting plans are the size of disk space, the monthly data transfer, and the initial training involved.
  2. New Domain Name Registration or Changing Your Current Domain DNS Records: To enable us to setup your account we need your domain name. If you don’t already have a domain name registered, for additional $10/year, we can register a new one for you when we set up your OJS hosting account. Please send your request for domain registration to info@openjournalsystems.com. If you already have a domain name you need to login to your domain registrar account and change your domain DNS records to the following:
  3. Help With Migrating Your OJS to OpenJournalSystems.com: To migrate your OJS to OpenJournalSystems.com server, we’d need a full system backup (OJS system files; MySQL database(SQL dump); and submission files directory). You can compress (tar gzip) all the files and then upload them to our server using FTP. We will provide your with the FTP credentials once the account setup is complete. Alternatively you can have the backup files uploaded to DropBox or Google Drive and provide us with a link for download.
  4. You will receive your account information email within 24 hours following your sign-up and your domain name confirmation.
  1. Proven Track Record: OpenJournalSystems.com currently hosts more than 150 open access journals using Open Journal Systems, and have served over 700 OJS clients worldwide. We have the proven track record of providing comprehensive solutions for Open Journal Systems and helping scholarly publishers make the most of their online publishing projects. We invite you to visit our Testimonials Page to find out what our current clients have to say about us and our Projects Page to find out more about our portfolio and clients.
  2. Awesome Customer Service: What sets our product, service and company apart from our competitor is the quality of our service. We take great pride in offering the best customer service available. Whether it’s walking you through the account setup, or troubleshooting your OJS, we’ll do what it takes to keep you happy. We invite you to visit our Testimonials Page to find out what our current clients have to say about us and our Projects Page to find out more about our portfolio and clients.
  3. The Best Value: We provide our journal-hosting support at the lowest cost possible to help academic professionals, research institutions, and universities around the world to create and share global knowledge.
  4. Professional Support: We provide professional OJS support and maintenance services, including regular OJS upgrades, backups, security monitoring, and a dedicated OJS support desk to ensure that OJS run smoothly, effectively, and securely.
  5. Best Server and OJS Security Practices: We have implemented cutting-edge security policies and protocols that includes OJS as well as server security hardening. With sharp increase in OJS hacking incidents (see Open Journal Systems (OJS): Hacking Epidemic and Solutions), OpenJournalSystems.com has taken a progressive approach by creating security plugins for OJS to make cyber-attacks and OJS hacking impossible.
  6. Regular Upgrades: We deliver what we advertise – We provide regular OJS software upgrades to keep Open Journal Systems secure, functioning, and up-to-date with the latest developments and new plug-ins.
  7. Reliability and Uptime: We use cutting-edge servers for increased up-time and to promote sustainability. We realize that server up-time is a priority in scholarly publishing and we monitor our servers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  8. Innovative Solutions: We’re constantly thinking of ways to improve our service in every possible way and work collaboratively with our clients each step of the way to create innovative customization solutions.
  • You will find many advantages to using managed OJS hosting by OpenJournalSystems.com. Managed OJS hosting ensures a high level of customized support and management. This also entitles you to specialized services for OJS such as a designed server setup and support structure around the app. Additionally, you will be given active support for your installed OJS, top of the line security monitoring, automated backups, regular software upgrades, and important server configuration tweaks.
  • Service CriteriaManaged OJS Hosting Regular Hosting Service
    Troubleshoot and fixing OJS bugs or malfunctionsYesNo
    Professionally run dedicated server environment optimized specifically for OJS hostingYesNo
    High level of customized support and managementYesNo
    Active support for your installed OJSYesNo
    Top of the line security monitoringYesNo
    Regular OJS upgradesYesNo
    OJS ThemesYesNo
    OJS TrainingYesNo
  • OpenJournalSystems.com was founded in 2013. Since that time, our company has provided world-class hosting platforms and journal hosting services to academic professionals, research institutions, universities, and independent publishers. We host over 100 high-impact scholarly publications, and assist them in the dissemination of their open access, peer reviewed journals.
  • In order to choose an OJS hosting plan that will best fit your needs, you need to begin by thinking about the goals of your online publishing. The biggest differences between OJS hosting plans are the size of disk space, the monthly data transfer, and the initial training. After you determine how you plan to use your OJS journal publishing site and the amount of traffic you expect to generate, you’ll be able to easily identify which of the following packages is best for your business.
    • Basic Plan: The Basic Plan is our entry-level journal hosting plan and is geared towards providing you with the quickest and most affordable way to help you start online publishing using Open Journal Systems. See Basic Plan Pricing
    • Professional Plan: The Professional Plan includes all of the features in the basic plan, plus more storage capacity and bandwidth. It will give you the technology to host a medium-to-large sized publishing enterprise. See Professional Plan Pricing
    • Institutional Plan: The Institutional Plan is designed to give you an enterprise-class hosting platform to suitable for a university press, a research institution, or a larger publisher using Open Journal Systems. See Institutional Plan Pricing

Have Questions?
Send us an email info@OpenJournalSystems.com
or call us at +1-(602)-527-7080

  • Your account will be setup immediately after sign-up and you will receive an account information email within 24 hours.

Yes, we can assist or move the site for you under the following conditions:

  1. Your previous host uses CPanel and has the CPanel backup option enabled.
  2. Your previous host allows FTP access to your website and you know the ftp username and password.
  3. Your previous host must provide a way to dump the OJS SQL database. This can be done using ssh access, a CPanel backup, or if the database is not very large we may be able to export it using PhpMyAdmin.
  4. Alternatively you can provide us with the OJS files and db dump and we will take care of the rest.
  • You don’t have to. If you don’t already have a domain registered, we can register a new one when we set up your OJS hosting account for additional $10/year. Please send your request for domain registration to info@openjournalsystems.com. We can host any domain, with any registrar. We encourage you to register your domain with whomever you choose.
  • If you already have a domain name, you can just send us an email with the your domain name and change your domain’s ‘nameservers’ details with your current registrar to:
    • NS1.openjournalsystems.com
    • NS2.openjournalsystems.com
    • If you are using a subdomain (e.g., journal.abc.edu), you may want to create “A-record”, using our IP:
  • Yes. Backup is a crucial part of any hosting solution. We offer you R1Soft Backup Manager, with multiple restore points, bi-weekly automated CPanel backup, as well as on-demand CPanel backup for continuous data protection. This includes all of your files, email accounts, and databases. In the rare event of a hard drive failure, we can restore your entire account. While hard drives rarely fail, we prepare for the worst, which fully assures your hard work is never lost.
    • Location:

-Tempe, Arizona
-68,000 square feet of raised floor
-SSAE 16 SOC 1 audited facility
-300lbs/square foot leads
-Single tenant, single-story building
-Redundant HVAC with Liebert air handlers
-Each CRAC unit supported by independent roof mounted condenser

  • Power:

-11.1 MW power capacity
-Onsite fuel with over 50,000 gallons capacity
-Power-to-space ratio of 250 watts/square foot
-2n power through four (4) autonomous power plants
-Six (6) backup diesel generators on standby
-Generators tested weekly and routinely run at full load

  • Security:

-24x7x365 on-site support technicians
-Biometric access
-Physical ID check
-Full CCTV surveillance backed by digital recording on file for 90 days
-Multiple layers of security and authentication; including card key, PIN, and biometrics required for facility entrance

  • Network:
  • -High performance IP Managed premium network
    -Arbor Networks PeakFlow DDOS Detection
    -Multi-homed, carrier neutral
    -Two distinct BGP network meshes for diverse peering:
    -Level3, Abovenet, TimeWarner, Suddenlink
    -Level3, Cogent, Global Crossing, IP Transit

  • OpenJournalSystems.com place the utmost emphasis on security and we’re always looking for ways to improve. We use many different layers of security to help protect your OJS site from being hacked. Each layer by itself is capable of stopping an attack. When all of the layers are combined, the overall security level goes up geometrically, creating a stronger OJS security system. We have implemented cutting-edge security policies and protocols that includes OJS as well as server security hardening.
  • OJS Security Hardening:
    1. OJS File Upload Validation Plugin: File Upload Validation Plugin enables the Admin/JM to choose the approved file types, which can be uploaded by an author during the submission process. This plugin will prevent the upload of OJS malware, such as PHTML files, which are used by hackers to gain entry into an OJS web server and upload malicious files.
    2. OJS Registration Notification Plugin: Registration Notification Plugin sends an email notification to a predetermined email address whenever a user has been registered for a journal. This email contains the user name, email, affiliation, journal and role(s) registered for, and the option to delete them form OJS. This plugin enables the Admin/JM to verify or block the registration of any new user.
    3. OJS Files Directory Protection: OJS file directory placed in a non-web-accessible location and cannot be accessed directly via the web server.
    4. Restrict File Permissions: Getting OJS file permissions right is one of the most important factors in maintaining the security of OJS installation. We use restrict file permissions for better security while maintaining OJS functionality.
    5. OJS Encryption: Changing OJS configuration to use SHA1 hashing rather than MD5 for better security.
  • Server Security Hardening:
    1. ConfigServer Firewall: ConfigServer Firewall, known and referred to simply by most cPanel and WHM users as CSF, is one of the best, most effective firewall configuration scripts in the market today. Designed to considerably increase server security, having this in place will allow you to use a robust interface to manage firewall features and settings.
    2. CPHulk Brute-Force Protection: CPHulk prevent a server falling victim to brute force login attempts. A brute force is a password guessing technique that consists of trying to login with a user name and password over and over, changing either the username and/or the password if not successful. Given enough time even a moderately secure, random character password can fall victim to this as some attackers will try every combination they can if given the chance. CPHulk will detect and block these attacks by checking for failed login attempts. This can affect you if the failed logins are originating from your internet connection. The steps below will guide you on how to unblock yourself depending on the access you have.
    3. Lynis Security Audit: Lynis is an open source security auditing tool. Used by system administrators, security professionals, and auditors, to evaluate the security defenses of their Linux and UNIX-based systems. It runs on the host itself, so it performs more extensive security scans than vulnerability scanners.
    4. Munin Network Monitoring Tool: Munin is a system, network, and infrastructure monitoring application that provides real time monitoring and alerting services for servers and alerts the system administrator when things go wrong.
    5. Clamav Malware Scanner: Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV) software toolkit able to detect many types of malicious software, including viruses and trojans. One of its main uses is on entire home directory, and mail servers as a server-side email virus scanner.
    6. Server Side Security Scripts: Proprietary Security Scripts to prevent execution of OJS deface malware and closing of any unused ports.
  • We accept PayPal and you can use Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express through PayPal. We also accept direct deposit to our bank account and once the initial payment is made you can contact us if you need to make subsequent payments via check or money order.
  • OpenJournalSystems.com guarantees that your website and the services that directly affect its display to the Internet (such as HTTP or MySQL) will be accessible 99.9% of the time in any given calendar month. If OpenJournalSystems.com fails to meet its uptime guarantee, you will be issued a credit equivalent to 1 day of service per forty five 45 minutes downtime. The first 45 minutes (or 0.1%) of downtime per month are not counted towards any credit and the maximum credit available is one 1 month of service.
  • You are allowed an unrestricted number of email accounts, limited only by the amount of space you have purchased on the server.
  • You can access your e-mail accounts either via the POP3 or IMAP protocol. Typically, most people either use an email client on their computer like Outlook or Mail to access their emails via POP, or they check their email using Webmail.
  • Yes, you will be able to access your email from the web from any remote location that has a connection to the Internet. We offer a pre-installed webmail facility, which can be accessed at https:// yourdomain.com/webmail. Alternatively, your OJS hosting plan will allow you to install a variety of customizable webmail applications.
  • We do not tolerate the sending of unsolicited commercial emails or “SPAM” at all. We reserve the right to immediately terminate any domain, without warning or, refund, that sends out unsolicited commercial email. NOW… if you wish to send email to people in OPT-IN lists, this is allowed as those individuals “ASK” to receive advertisements, newsletters, or posts to services like Free For All Pages.