There are many choices to consider when building your journal's website. Many platforms, sometimes called content management systems (CMS), are geared specifically toward journal publishing. We recommend that you first assess your journal's workflows and processes, and then select a platform or a set of tools that will allow you to accomplish those goals (rather than selecting a platform and realizing later that important decisions have already been made for you).
Additionally, building and then maintaining your website is a significant project in and of itself. You will need to plan and allocate resources for the initial design and development of the journal's website. Once the website has launched, it will still need regular maintenance and attention. The planning process should also include ongoing maintenance of the website - no one wants their article to return a 404 error!
Here are some topics to consider that will help inform your choice of platform:
NYU provides a variety of technology services that can be used for journal publishing.
For those looking for full scale publishing platforms that provide web hosting,publishing workflows, and services, below are some options, including some that are open source. Although most of these services have varying degrees of cost to use, they are all run by non-profit organizations that are actively contributing to a more equitable scholarly communications system. For more in-depth comparisons of widely used publishing platforms, see "Finding the Right Platform: A Crosswalk of Academy-Owned and Open-Source Digital Publishing Platforms," published in 2023.
This guide’s primary focus is to support scholars who are interested in publishing open access journals, and as such we primarily recommend platforms and tools that were created by and for scholars, rather than platforms and tools created by for-profit publishers, some of whose practices necessitated the Open Access movement in the first place. (For more on motivations behind the Open Access movement, see the “Motivation” chapter of the book Open Access by Peter Suber.) However, there are publishing services provided by for-profit scholarly publishers, including the following: