An open-source collaborative scientific publishing web application. It translates the git workflow that is usually utilised by a narrow demographic (programmers, computer scientists) into a process that scientists from all domains will be able to use to publish articles and perform peer reviewing.

Getting started

This section explains usage of the software with the default configuration. If a configuration file is edited, values like ports and passwords may be different.

Using docker compose

All the different components can be started together using docker-compose in the project root:

docker-compose up

For this, both docker and docker-compose (or a package that combines them) needs to be installed.After running this command, the UI will be accessible at localhost:3000.

Note that this option will create git repositories for internal use within the Alexandria repository, which might be annoying during the development process. This option uses the dockerconfig.json file together with Dockerfile to correctly configure all ports and URL’s. Changes to mainServer/config.json will be ignored using this option.

Without docker


A postgreSQL database should be running on port 5432, with user postgres and (by default) the password admin. A database should be created with the name AlexandriaPG. When running the system later, the program will automatically add the necessary tables.


To start up the backend server, have Go version 1.18 installed. Then, the project root, run:

cd ./mainServer 
go build mainServer
go run mainServer


To start up the frontend server, with npm installed, from the project root, run:

cd ./mainClient
npm install
npm run start-win

If not on Windows, run npm run start instead.

API Documentation

A SwaggerUI API documentation is available by default at http://localhost:8080/docs/index.html. If the configuration has been changed, the first part of the URL should be that of the backend server.


For contribution to the project and setting up a development environment, see


This application is created by five second year BSc Computer Science and Engineering students from TU Delft, in the academic year 2021-2022:

  • Amy van der Meijden
  • Andreea Zlei
  • Emiel Witting
  • Jos Sloof
  • Mattheo de Wit

The application is made in collaboration with Andrew Demetriou and Cynthia Liem, from Delft University of Technology.


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