An A-Z list of scholarly publishing platforms (Updated 10 Feb 2018)

Inspired by Ian Mulvany’s tweet about Vega Academic Publishing System (which does look interesting, especially the partnership with Oslo School of Architecture and Design). We thought we would publish the list of publishing platforms that we keep an eye on.  The list is a bit of a jumble and includes a number of platforms like Aletheia, PubPub and Authorea aimed at authors who want to self-publish. Publishers like Elsevier, Springer, and John Wiley who run their own platforms but don’t open them up to other publishers aren’t listed. If we’ve got something wrong or you want to add a platform please let us know via the comments.

  • Aletheia
    A decentralised and distributed database used as a publishing platform for scientific research. Aimed at researchers who want to self-publish.
    An Open Source platform for publishing Open Access research articles.  The platform is in active development by PLOS (Public Library of Science) and is licensed under the MIT License.
    The first end-to-end journal publishing solution that supports the full life cycle of a manuscript, from authoring through submission, peer review, publication and dissemination.
  • Atypon
    Before its acquisition by Wiley, Atypon was the largest independent platform provider for the STM market. Founded 1996 by CEO Georgios Papadopoulous. Acquired by Wiley in Oct. 2016.
  • Authorea
    An advanced scientific writing and publishing tool which allows authors to publish their articles online
  • Continuum
    eLife Continuum is built using the PHP and Python open source languages, chosen for their popularity, accessibility, and approachability. It uses Drupal for content management. Its sites are based on Amazon Web Services which make them scalable, flexible, and cost effective given the “by the hour” fee structure of AWS. (MIT License)
    Copernicus Publications supports initiatives to launch and establish open-access journals in all fields of science, technology and the humanities.
  • Digital Commons from BPress
    Originally started by scholars at Berkeley in the fields of law and economics as Berkeley Electronic Press, bepress was first established to publish journals with improved time to publication using an innovative incentive structure to reward peer reviewers. Aquired by Elsevier.
  • Editoria
    A a web-based open source, end-to-end, authoring, editing and workflow tool that presses and library publishers can leverage to create modern, format-flexible, standards compliant, book-length works.  Funded by the Mellon Foundation, Editoria is being developed by the California Digital Library, the University of California Press and the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation
  • ΕΚΤ ePublishing service
    Funded by structural funds and own funds, the ePublishing service of the National Documentation Centre, Greece, offers advanced e-infrastructures and related services to institutional publishers in Greece (universities, research centers, scholarly societies and  memory institutions) to publish peer-reviewed journals, proceedings and monographs in the  Social Sciences and the Humanities.
  • F1000
    Creating funder-sponsored publication platforms, e.g. Wellcome Open Research
  • Figshare
    Figshare allows users to upload any file format to be previewed in the browser so that any research output, from posters and presentations to datasets and code, can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow. Powers ChemRxiv preprint server.
  • Flockademic
    A free platform, started in the Netherlands by software engineer Vincent Tunru, enables academics to start their own preprint journal. Academics can use the platform to share early research findings, as well as lab notes, conference posters, data and other work
  • Fulcrum
    A digital publishing platform being developed by the University of Michigan Library and Press working with partners from Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Penn State universities.  Initial development has been supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Seeks partners interested in being early adopters
  • Glasstree
    Glasstree Academic Publishing and Glassleaf Academic Publishing Services aim to  circumnavigate traditional academic publishing boundaries by offering a new publishing platform focused exclusively on the needs and requirements of academic and educational authors. Grasslead is powered by MPS.
  • HighWire
    HighWire is one of the three leading STM publishing platform providers, alongside Atypon and Silverchair.
  • Hindawi
    Hindawi provides bespoke publishing solutions to support publishers looking to embrace the opportunities offered by Open Access
  • Ingenta Connect
    Launched in 1999, Ingenta Connect is the most comprehensive collection of academic and professional content online, featuring some 5 million articles from 13,000 titles and more than 250 publishers.
  • Ixxus Publishing Platform
    Ixxus builds digital content delivery systems for publishers. Primarily a systems integrator, it doesn’t, however, come to the market with a specific product.
  • Janeway
    Birkbeck’s Centre for Technology and Publishing’s open-source software for academic publishing. Written in Django/Python from the ground up and still under active development. (GNU Affero General Public License v3.0)
  • JCore (see HighWire)
    JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.
  • Literatum (see Atypon)
  • Lodel
    Lodel is a web publishing system, configurable for specific needs. Lodel is installed on a (PHP) web server like many CMS, and used remotely with a web browser. It enables to collaborative and remote work (office, home, with distant teams). This site presents Lodel, an open source software (GPLv2) developped by le Cléo.
  • Micropublication:biology
    Micropublication: biology publishes atomized data, that is, each result will receive a DOI and will be citable on its own. These citable morsels can be used to build or enhance a new research narrative, while preserving provenance and thus credit for the initial researcher.  
  • MUSE Open
    Aims to ensure that Open Access (OA) monographs are visible, discoverable, and potentially transformative in a highly diversified platform environment.
  • Open Journal SystemsOpen Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research.
  • OSF Preprints
    A preprints service built on the OSF platform.
    An international and interdisciplinary open-access online academic publication platform. The platform publishes articles and reviews in the operates as part of the German Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland, which is in turn financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
  • Pinnacle from Allen Press
    Journal platform powered by Atypon
  • Pluto
    PLUTO is a decentralized scholarly communication platform powered by ethereum blockchain. PLUTO deals with all kinds of value transfers throughout a research lifecycle. Platform’s key features include dissemination of research achievement, open public review with proper compensation, reasonable reputation system independent from journals, mani-free on-demand inquiries, and efficient allocation of reserach resources such as research funds and equipment.
    PRINCIPIA is a blockchain-powered ecosystem for peer-review of scientific outputs (ie, papers, patents, …). The platform allows users, including existing publishing groups, to create and manage peer-reviewed journals.
  • PubPub
    PubPub is a platform that enables the exploration of three core experiments: 1) author-driven publishing, 2) distributed and dynamic peer review, and 3) grassroots journals that serve as tools for curation. Through these three experiments, we seek to uncover new paths and opportunities for collaborative publishing. (GNU General Public License)
  • PubSweet
    An open framework for platform creation. It is web native, largely built in JavaScript (specifically Node.js) by the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CKF).
  • Scalar
    Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online.developed at the University of Southern California on behalf of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. (Educational Community License, Version 2.0 (ECL-2.0))
  • ScholarStor
    A cloud-based HTML5 solution for scholarly content that empowers publishers to manage and render content across multiple channels. Built by MPS.
  • Scholastica
    Scholastica was founded in 2011 in response to a growing need in academia for a faster and more efficient way to peer review and publish scholarly journals.
  • SciELO
    SciELO was created to meet the scientific communication needs of developing countries and provides an efficient way to increase visibility and access to scientific literature  Originally established in Brazil in 1997, today there are 14 countries in the SciELO network and its journal collections. SciELO was initially supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), along with the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME)
    Founded by two former Princeton University researchers, Sebastien Ballesteros and Tiffany Bogich in February 2014. is a science publishing platform. Fiinancially backed by members of the New York Angels, Abundance PartnersTechstarsKnight Foundation Enterprise FundSoundboard Angel Fund, and other individual angels.
    Claim to be the first blockchain-based scientific ecosystem. Using Ethereum Smart Contracts and IPFS to create an efficient, intuitive and transparent ecosystem that will host a journal, collaboration and funding platform. Will be powered by its own unique currency Science Token (ST).
  • Sheridan PubFactory
    PubFactory is built from the ground up to support books, reference works and journals in a variety of XML formats, with full support for PDF, images and other rich media.
  • Silverchair Platform
    Scholarly and professional publishers use the Silverchair Platform to deliver distinctive online sites and products from their unique content. Silverchair includes comprehensive product development and migration services, online management tools, and ongoing support to ensure publishers achieve their product vision.
  • The Winnower
    The Winnower is an open access online scholarly publishing platform that employs open post-publication peer review. Now owned by Authorea.
  • Ubiquity Press
    Ubiquity Press was founded by researchers at University College London (UCL) in 2012. To be as close to research as possible we support university and society-based publishing. As well as operating our own highly cost effective press, we also provide access to the platform to give universities and societies the infrastructure and services they need to run their own presses, and allows societies to earn income from open access.
  • ULS E-Journal Publishing
    The University Library System (ULS) from the University of Pittsburgh
  • Vega
    A digital publishing platform being developed under the direction of West Virginia University for books, journals, projects, data sets, and other scholarly output. Vega is funded by the Mellon Foundation, designed and developed by Bengler under the direction of West Virginia University and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
  • Veruscript
    Open access journal platform

Dedicated ebook platforms

  • Draft2Digital
  • Folio (see HighWire)
  • Manifold
    A digital book platform developed by the University of Minnesota Press and the GC Digital Scholarship Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. (GNU General Public License v3)
  • OpenEdition Books 
    The OpenEdition platform dedicated to Open Access books. OpenEdition books is run by the Center for Open Electronic Publishing (Cléo), the french national infrastructure supported by CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, EHESS and Avignon University
    PageMajik is a Publishing Workflow Management System that takes care of your publishing needs and gives you complete control at every step.
  • PublishDrive
  • Reedsy
    Independent book publisher which gives authors and publishers access to professionals, powerful tools, and free educational content.This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 734046.
  • Smashwords
    Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks. Founded by  Mark Coker
  • Streetlib
    A one stop solution for independent book publishing


Open/Open Science repositories and other initatives

    An e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.
  • Lab Scribbles
    Real-time open access science from Dr. Rachel Harding
  • The open archive HAL
    An open archive where authors can deposit scholarly documents from all academic fields.
  • Open Science Organization (OSO)
    Open Science Organization (OSO) will be a decentralized community that will create an open and democratic self-sustaining scientific ecosystem.
  • Open Science Network
    The Open Science Network is a shared open protocol on the blockchain where researchers, universities, companies with R&D budgets and government institutions can interact effectively with lower barriers to entry and reduced friction in each step of the process.
  • Science Media
    A  platform to publish content in digital form via scientific videos to spread knowledge and animate the society for discussions. Founded by a team of German scientists and entrepreneurs.

Platforms that are no longer around:

  • Annotum
    Annotum is a product of Solvitor with heavy lifting by Crowd Favorite, in collaboration with National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
  • DPubS v.2
    In July 2004, the Cornell University Library, in partnership with the Pennsylvania State University Libraries and Press, initiated a project to develop an open-source electronic publishing platform designed to enable new models for scholarly communication and academic publishing.
  • jpch (later renamed mpach)
    Build by HathiTrust and the University of Michigan
  • Pronoun
    Pronoun is a New York-based company that provides free book publishing, marketing, and analytics services to authors. In May of 2016, the major publishing house Macmillan bought the firm. Closed November 2017.
  • Scolaris
    Semantico’s content platform (acquired by HighWire)


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