The New Érudit Publishing Platform

Martin Boucher, Guylaine Beaudry


This presentation will outline the main features of the new Érudit publishing platform, including a bridge to the OJS system to provide interested scholarly journals a management system and peer-review workflow upstream of the Érudit's publishing process.

Since its inception, the publication expertise developed at Érudit has been based on international standards, thus ensuring the best conditions for the use and preservation of digital documents. All publishing processes are based on XML standard. Journal tagging is based on a data model especially designed for journals: the Érudit Article schema.

In a context where demand for digital publishing of scholarly journals increases steadily, the Érudit team has decided to review its entire editing process. With over a decade of experience in digital publishing, Érudit has committed, as part of the Synergies1 project, to develop a new production platform in order to develop a new integrated, portable, easily exportable and Open Source platform. The result is a platform entirely redesigned, easy to learn and that meets high quality standards.

The first version of this new platform integrates all the operations necessary for the production of journal articles as XML documents conforming to the new Érudit Article 3.0 schema, which is a rich schema for metadata recording and long term preservation. Among the operations supported by the new system, we have:


  • complete capture of rich metadata in a user-friendly interface

  • text extraction from source files with a maximum retention of information

  • XML documents production for dissemination

  • tools to assist semantic analysis and fine-grained XML markup

The growing popularity of OJS as a journal management and publishing system has led the Érudit's team to study the feasibility of linking the two platforms in order to offer its journals the strong workflow process of OJS while carrying on its publishing and dissemination services that made its solid reputation. So, the new platform now provides with a "bridge" between the two systems, bridge located downstream of the peer review process and before the Érudit's digital publishing process.

In summary, the presentation will cover key aspects of the new Érudit's publishing platform and show how may be linked the management features and OJS system approval workflow as inputs to the new Érudit's platform.


1 Synergies is a four-year project intended to be a national distributed platform with a wide range of tools to support the creation, distribution, access and archiving of digital objects such as journal articles. It will enable the distribution and use of social sciences and humanities research, as well as to create a resource and platform for pure and applied research. In short, Synergies will be a research tool and a dissemination tool that will greatly enhance the potential and impact of Social Sciences and Humanities scholarship.




digital publishing; Érudit; OJS; XML; Workflow;