About the Project

Streamlining Depositing is a City University London and Ubiquity Press project funded by JISC #DataSpring.

The software developed as part of the project is released under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2. Papers and other documentation will be released under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.


Project Lead — Ernesto Priego, City University London

Lead Developer — Andy Byers, Ubiquity Press

Developer — Mauro Sanchez, Ubiquity Press

UX/UI — Stephann Makri, City University London


The project includes output in the form of our plugin but also in the form of best practice documentation and various research outputs.

Project Dates

This project was started on 30/03/2015.

What are OJS and Figshare?

OJS, Open Journal System, is a web application supported by the Public Knowledge Project and is widely used for self/institutionally hosted Journals. Ubiquity Press’ Journal Management System is a customised version of OJS.

Figshare is an online digital repository where researchers can preserve and share their research outputs, including figures, datasets, images, and videos. It is free to upload content and free to access, in adherence to the principle of open data.

How Will it Work?

The plugin will be hooked into the submission process and will give the user the option to submit their supplementary files to Figshare rather than directly into the Journal. The DOI assigned by Figshare is stored and, on publication of the article, the Editor can select which files should be published alongside the article.

The article page will then display title, description and a DOI link to the supp file.

Will Others be Able to Use it?

Absolutely! We’re building the plugin in the open, it can be found on Github, you’re welcome to clone the project and contribute to it. When the project is complete we will be building a zip release that can be dropped into the OJS plugin installer, but there are instructions on how to install the development version.

We will be releasing the software under the GNU v2 License.


Published Article Deposit

Supplementary File Deposit


Priego, Ernesto; Byers, Andy (2015): #Dataspring Idea: Streamlining Deposit: An OJS to Repository Plugin. figshare. https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1318724.v1

Byers, Andy; Priego, Ernesto; Makri, Stephann (2015): Streamlining Deposit: An OJS Plugin (Pitch). figshare. https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1319497.v1

Makri, Stephann; Priego, Ernesto; Byers, Andy; Sanchez, Mauro (2015): Streamlining Deposit: OJS Deposit Requirements Interviews. figshare. https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1481067.v1


Ernesto Priego Ernesto.Priego.1@city.ac.uk