Extending OJS into small magazines: The OMMM Project

  • John W. Maxwell


At the CCSP, we have been exploring the possibilities of using open source, journal management software OJS to run small, independent magazines. To what extent can the editorial process embodied in OJS be adapted and loosened to serve the known needs of small magazines. Conversely, to what extent could this functionality be addressed starting with much simpler, less formalized platforms such as wikis, blogs, and open-ended CMS tools, adding structure and constraint as needed. Small magazines share many characteristics with journals: they have well-known communities of contributors, well-defined editorial and production processes, and are interested in publishing online as well as in print. There are also significant differences. One obvious difference is peer review, but this may not prove to be the most significant. Rather, focusing on the underlying model of the text and the author, and what each contributes to the larger publication and discourse reveals interesting assumptions underlying the both publishing operations and software systems. A set of requirements for online magazine publishing systems is proposed, with implications for the world of scholarly communication as well.

Author Biography

John W. Maxwell
John W. Maxwell is a faculty member of the Master of Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University, where his focus is on the impact of digital technologies in the Canadian book and magazine industries. He recently completed a PhD in education on the cultural trajectory of ?personal computing? over the past three decades. John has worked in new media since the early 1990s, in Web design, content management, electronic publishing, learning technologies, and virtual community building, His current research interests include the history of computing and new media, and contemporary myth?making in the face of digital media. E?mail: jmax [at] sfu [dot] ca
How to Cite
Maxwell, J. W. (2007). Extending OJS into small magazines: The OMMM Project. First Monday, 12(10). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v12i10.1962