R&D Initiatives

These projects reflect our ongoing work to improve our software and contribute to enhancing the technology for scholarly communication.


Integrating OMP and OJS through PKP Web Library

Public Knowledge Project, 2013-14
Alec Smecher, Bruno Beghelli, Jason Nugent

PKP maintains related but separate applications implementing workflows for conference papers, journal articles, and scholarly monographs. In refining these workflows we have thoroughly characterized the common areas of overlap. In the interests of elegantly addressing the common scholarly mechanisms underlying these workflows, and as a matter of expediency in ensuring our applications share a single, nimble implementation of each of these mechanisms, we are working to extend the capabilities of our existing PKP Web Application Library to include higher-level constructs like peer reviews, audits, and record-keeping, in addition to the web application concerns it has previously addressed. It is our hope that in the future each application will become more like a specialized configuration of a common scholarly toolkit rather than an entirely different piece of software, allowing the publisher to mix and match attributes of different types of publication rather than maintaining a separate silo for each.


PKP Education Project

USAid, 2013 – 2014
Kevin Stranack, Smith Esseh, Joe Haigh, and Max Alexander

The PKP Education Project launched on April 1st, 2013. Work is being done on developing a MOOC like course structures: for example on Editorial Skills (in general) and OJS for Editors, and more. The PKP School platform on WordPress currently has a course teaching the use of OJS for journal managers. We intend to provide training and support that can be accessed when needed, in both ‘just in time’, as well as ‘just in case’ scenarios.


Smarter Scholarly Texts for Cross-Platform Publishing, Text-mining, and Indexing

MediaX, 2013 – 2014
Alex Garnett, Damion, Dooley, and Juan Pablo Alperin

If we were able to devise an open source software system that largely automated the parsing, tagging, conversion and rendering (in HTML, PDF, ePub, etc.), it would not only improve the affordability of scholarly publications, it improve the rendering of these texts in a more readable form across multiple formats; it would add to the text-mining, indexing, and rights-management capacities in working with these texts. This would enable journals, as well as small businesses providing journal support services, to establish a much more widely standard for scholarly publishing, enabling the rise of new apps and other means for taking advantage of this markup standard in teaching, research, and public use.


Helping Journals to Upgrade Data Publication for Reusable Research

Sloan, 2012-14
Gary King (Harvard University) Alex Garnett, James MacGregor

The task is to build a Dataverse network plugin for Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP), while having journals demonstrate the publication of data sets leading to replication studies.


Altmetrics: Building and Visualizing Article Level Statistics

IDRC, 2012-14
Juan Pablo Alperin

Building an article-level statistics plugin for use with OJS, based on the PLoS model, with additional visualization enhancements, and more.