How Important is SEO for your online journal / OJS?

How Important is SEO for your online journal / OJS?

What is SEO? Most bloggers and internet marketers must already know what SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is and is a term that is very familiar to them.

SEO is a configuration that is carried out by site managers that aims to increase the visibility of a website page to be better in search engines, especially Google.

Website pages that are ranked well on Google search pages will certainly have the opportunity to get more potential visitors continuously.

When we type in a keyword on the Google search page, we will see a list of websites related to that keyword.

A website / blog that is well optimized and in the top order (positions 1 – 4) will usually get more visitors compared to websites that are in the bottom of the search results.

We need to pay attention, what I mean by a website / blog that is well optimized from the SEO side is a website that is in the top order of organic search results (Organic Search). Not a website that advertises on Google (Google Ads).

What is the importance of SEO for your OJS or ejournal?

Statistically, did you know that Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.


This figure shows that the majority of internet users are more familiar with Google search engines than special search sites like Google Scholar, Index-Journal sites, and so on.

Benefits of SEO for OJS Journal

1. Improved the impact of the article

With good optimization of your site, of course, more and more parties or readers understand what you want to convey on your OJS site.
Isn’t one of the greatest happiness of researchers is the spread of the benefits of their research.

When the journal improve its visibility by implementing the SEO technique, search engine such as Google, Google Scholar, Bing or others will be easier recommend the article to the potential reader or author. This will lead the wide reach of the article usefulness.

2. Increased citations to articles

With the increasing number of visitors including visitors from academic circles, then of course your research will spread to anyone. this will increase the citations of your articles from across authors.

why is this possible? Because of the ease of search of your article.
We believe that not all the scholar use the common journal indexing services to find any of scientific article. Google is the largest search engine ecosystem. It is available on smartphone, Iot Devices, Chrome browser (the most used browser), map and others search engine parties. By optimizing the SEO you article would get more chance to get found by any users.

3. Increasing Journal Credibility

A large number of visitors will be recorded in the statistics installed on your OJS.

This will have a positive impact that you can show to the public that with valid data scientific articles that have been published through your journal have been widely read by visitors from various backgrounds and across countries.

Of course this will have an effect on increasing the accreditation points of your journal seen from the public enthusiasm for your article.

4. Increased credibility of the author

Who does not want to increase public credibility.

This includes researchers, with the better OJS that you manage,it will make it easier for all search engines to index in their databases, whether it’s Google, Bing, Duckduckgo or other types of search engines.

For example, someone who has an interest in the researcher writes his name on the search engine, then you can easily see the writing history of the author.

5. As a media to promote your journal

By using SEO tactics people will find your online journal easily, just by type some keyword that your journal already indexed it would optimize rank your journal on the first page of the search engine result.

It means that you don’t have to pay more cost to optimize or promote your journal to others media since google already promote it for free by accomplishing some SEO tactics.

How to Implement SEO on your OJS

One of strategy to implement SEO for your website in this case OJS is to config some meta tag for any page of your OJS sites. Here are the some meta tag needed for SEO :

Add Title Tag, Meta Content

Make sure you add the unique title for any of the page of your journal page such as an article needs some different title tag. The image below is example of using the html tag in term of SEO. You must implement this on your theme which your OJS currently is using.

Think as search engine and consumer search term when you decide any title on your article

Because google is using meta data from your article and the major source is your title (because it is marked as h1 on your article page), you need to rethink to write any of your article title that would increase on how the potential reader find your article.
Let me give you example (please note that this is only example) :
Bad Title (in term of SEO) :
1. A lineage-resolved molecular atlas of C. elegans embryogenesis at single-cell resolution

Better Title (in term of SEO)
1. Effect of C.elegans in the Reverse of Aging Process.

The first bad ones is talk to much on very specific on sciences term, let make some assumption that how many people that search that very rare keyword rather than using the more marketable keyword as we have seen on the better title ones.

Include the journal on other Indexing

Some indexing services such as RePEc, DialNet, and others will be included in your article from your journal with some easy rules to follow based on their technical requirement. Other indexing such as Microsoft Academia, Base, Google Scholar, PKP PN, WebArchive, and others even allow index any journal with automatic inclusion.

It is better to increase your effort so they will be able to add your journal to their database so your article will increase its ranking on google recommendation when user try to find article related to your journal.

Our theme optimize SEO of your OJS site

As we are web developer who very skilled in this technical stuff, we improve all our theme with the SEO aspects. Optimizing SEO is a must for any web media such as OJS. This optimization will gain visitor to your journal and will lead the attraction of any potential participant for your journal.

We consider this because in our observations from various themes that are provided free publicly do not see the importance of this aspect of SEO in designing the themes they release. Although SEO now is a must for any online media.

By adding this feature, our hope is that your online journal can have a maximum positive impact and can provide great benefits. We understand that the research process requires a lot of money, time, effort, and effort, unfortunately, some of the research is buried in the archive storage or if it is published online it would rank on the last page on google.

Who will click on page 2 or the next page on the Google search results?

Let’s you, the researcher around the world make this world a better place and leave the optimization of your online journal to us

Bonus : Optimize by using SEM method

As a bonus you can also integrate and implement strategy of Search Engine Marketing by using some of the method, such as :

  1. Integrating Mail Marketing and Subscriber to your sites
  2. Promote your OJS site to Social Media.
  3. Make available share feature of your article on your journal system so it would make any of your visitors to share of your article to social media.

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