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Mar 24 2016 - 08:00 PM
The Public Knowledge Project

"Take control of your publishing" (PKP)

The Public Knowledge Project

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is an initiative that aims to increase access to scholarship through software including the Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, Open Conference Systems, and Open Harvester Systems. PKP conducts research in the field of open journalism and sponsors PKP school, which features courses on scholarly publishing.

Open Journal Systems

Journals in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and other disciplines use PKP’s open software systems to manage the entire publishing process without corporate publishers. Authors can track their submissions through the entire process. Systems allow journals to manage peer review and editing, as well as analyze metadata about readership. Content is automatically indexed to Google Scholar. By eliminating many of the costs associated with corporate publishing, which can often cripple small academic projects, open journal systems make publishing research vastly more accessible to the creators as well as consumers of that research. In a globally networked society, open journal systems also play a critical role in the geographic reach and accessibility of scholarly knowledge. For example, updates in medical research can reach high-need communities with limited financial means much more quickly.

Research and Development

Founded by John Willinsky in 1998, then a professor at the University of British Columbia and now a professor at Stanford, PKP has been involved in researching how knowledge is disseminated in the 21st century. Current projects include the Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study and Open Innovation in Latin American Scholarly Communication: Planning for Greater Integration and Impact It also includes technical projects for developing text-mining and indexing software as well as integrating the Open Monograph Press and Open Journal Systems for smoother workflow experiences. Interested readers can access much of PKP’s research on open publishing through the Public Knowledge Project Library at Zotero.

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