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What the difference between OJS and DSpace?

There are many software that can help manage journal articles, books, and others online via the internet, one of which is OJS with DSpace.

Then, what is the difference between OJS and DSpace?

The origin of both software

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is an open source software application for managing and publishing scholarly journals. The developer of OJS is the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). PKP Released OJS in 2001.

PKP created OJS to increase access to research, increase the number of journal readers, and contribute to the public interest on a global scale.

DSpace is an open source repository software, which is useful for creating open access repositories for schools and / or digital content publishing. DSpace’s developer is DuraSpace.

In short, DSpace was originally developed by MIT Libraries and HP Labs and released in 2002. Then DSpace became a DuraSpace project in 2009 when Fedora Commons and the DSpace organization merged to become DuraSpace.

There are 3,600 registered organizations that use DSpace. And most of the countries that use DSpace come from the continent of Europe.

The difference


The advantages of using OJS

  • Can manage and publish school journals or related journals.
  • The OJS software is an open source software, so you can use it personally or commercially, even modify it.
  • PKP has made many supporting plugins for OJS that can be installed for free, so you can check or install the plugins (The plugins are found in Dashboard > Settings -> Website -> Plugins (Plugin Gallery).
  • OJS keeps track of statistics from submissions, editorial activities, users, and can also generate statistical reports.
  • Search engines such as Google, Bing, can make OJS sites indexed quickly in their search engines.

The advantages of DSpace

  • DSpace can store all types of files, and can also easily / automatically recognize the most common file formats such as (PDF, PPT, DOC, JPEG, etc),
  • For DSpace versions below 7, the website interface has 2 themes (XMLUI, JSPUI) by default,
  • Search all items by issue date, author, title, subject,
  • DSpace can be on Linux OS, or Windows.
  • Available OAI-PMH v 2, SWORD for DSpace versions below 7.


So OJS is software that specifically builds for managing and publishing a school journal article or related articles. In OJS the general workflow involves several process reviews from the reviewer to the editorial of the journal. The decision of publication of an article will depend on each of the users. However, since OJS is built exclusively for scholarly article management it supports numerous plugins that enrich the publication process such as DOI, ORCID, Scopus citation, plagiarism detector, and many more.

Meanwhile, DSpace is used as a general file repository. The resource that will be published will be decided by a more limited user since the document that will be published is a final document rather than a draft document. However, the installation of the DSpace is quite complicated since it is using java language and the resource for deploying the software is very limited and more technical.


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