Introducing Janeway – the new open source publishing software from Birkbeck
The Birkbeck Centre for Technology and Publishing has
released a new scholarly communications platform, Janeway, as an
Birkbeck's Centre for Technology and Publishing (CTP) has recently released its software for academic publishing, Janeway.
Anyone can download and use the press and journal system, which is
designed for open-access publishing and is free to download, use, and
Developers at Birkbeck decided to develop their own platform after
finding limitations with other open journal systems, including complex
coding that can be difficult to maintain. Janeway uses the programming
languages Django and Python and is intended to be easy to understand.
The software is still under active development and includes a
submission system, a peer-review management workflow, Crossref Digital
Object Identifier (DOI) integration, Open Archive Initiative (OAI)
feeds, Open Journal Systems import mechanisms, and more. Anyone is free
to use and modify the software, but are required to make their changes
The Director of the CTP and Project Lead on Janeway, Professor Martin Paul Eve,
said: “We are delighted to be able to contribute to the growing
ecosystem of open-source platforms for open-access publication and to
assist presses in lowering their overheads of running a platform.
Janeway has been designed, from the ground up, to be easy to
understand with a clean codebase in a modern web framework. In turn,
this makes it easy to hire technical staff at rates that won't break the
bank to maintain scholarly communication infrastructures.”
Andy Byers, Senior Publishing Technologies Developer at Birkbeck, and
Lead Developer on Janeway added: “My experience with some of the
existing platforms was one of frustration – complexities that were
difficult to maintain unless you knew them inside out.
“The goal with Janeway was to have a fast, modern web framework do
most of the lifting so that we can concentrate on the features that
open-access publishers need.”
Introducing Janeway – the new open source publishing software from Birkbeck — Birkbeck, University of London