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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Survey of free/open electronic publishing systems

Mark Cyzyk and Sayeed Choudhury, A Survey and Evaluation of Open-Source Electronic Publishing Systems, report commissioned by the Open Society Institute, April 28, 2008. View the wiki or PDF version. (Thanks to Public Knowledge Project.)
... [W]e chose four systems for further, detailed investigation. These four systems were:
  • DPubS (Digital Publishing System) (Cornell and Penn State)
  • GNU EPrints (University of Southampton)
  • Hyperjournal (Net7 and University of Pisa)
  • Open Journal System (University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University)
Three other systems, while not fully evaluated here (for reasons discussed below), merit special mention:
  • Connexions/Rhaptos (Rice University)
  • DiVA (Digitala Vetenskapliga Arkivet) (Uppsala University)
  • Topaz (The Topaz Project)
The evaluation of these first four systemsóDpubs, EPrints, Hyperjounral and OJSóconsisted of local installation, reading supporting documentation, and consideration of four broad areas:
  • Institutional affiliation and other indicators of the viability of the open-source project
  • Technical requirements, maintenance, scalability, and documented APIs
  • Submission, peer review management, and administrative functions
  • Access, formats, and electronic commerce functions ...