R&D Initiatives

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


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

MediaX, 2013 – 2014
MediaX, 2015 – 2016
.CA Community Investment Program, 2015 – 2016
Alex Garnett and Juan Pablo Alperin

This initiative is developing an open source XML software system that largely automates the parsing, tagging, conversion and rendering (in HTML, PDF, ePub, etc.) of content. It will not only improve the affordability of scholarly publications, it will improve the rendering of these texts in a more readable form across multiple formats; it will add to the text-mining, indexing, and rights-management capacities in working with these texts. This will 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.


Integrating OMP and OJS through PKP Web Library

Public Knowledge Project, 2013-15
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.