Strategic & Technical Partners

Every PKP relationship has a strategic element, but it is a primary focus with these partners.  PKP’s Strategic and Technical Partners are critical participants in the advancement of PKP’s software development and related initiatives. Partnership examples include institutions, publishers, and other agencies that have an ongoing consultative relationship with PKP and closely aligned strategic goals, or that assist with software documentation, technical support, beta testing, or development efforts; or involve improvements to the overall scholarly publishing environment.

African Journals OnLine (AJOL) is the world’s largest and pre-eminent collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals.  In partnership with hundreds of journals from all over the continent, AJOL works to change this, so that African-origin research output is available to Africans and to the rest of the world. AJOL was one of the first large-scale adopters of OJS and have collaborated with PKP on several initiatives.


AU Press is dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and research through open access digital journals and monographs, as well as through new electronic media.  Through it, Athabasca University provides publishing services using PKP software, and played a major role in the development of the Open Monograph Press.


CINECA is a non profit Consortium, made up of 54 Italian universities, The National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics – OGS, the CNR (National Research Council), and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Today it is the largest Italian computing centre, one of the most important worldwide. CINECA provides e-publishing and digital library services, including support for Open Journal Systems and Open Conference Systems. CINECA maintains the Italian translations of each platform, and also contributes development and testing resources to the project.


CrossRef’s mandate is to connect users to primary research content by enabling publishers to work collectively. CrossRef is also the official DOI® link registration agency for scholarly and professional publications.   CrossRef is working closely with PKP to ensure that OJS support for DOI assignment can be as automated and seamless as possible.


Ediciones de la Universidad de Murcia hosts over fifty journals and conferences; hosts tutorials and talks for journals,  and provides support for editors and directors interested in publishing scholarly content online.  They participates actively in the PKP support and development community by providing plugins, translations,  and online support.


University of Victoria’s Electronic Textual Cultures Lab is a research-focused lab that stands at the forefront of Digital Humanities research, in the areas of text analysis, reading tools, and document encoding. The lab has partnered with PKP over several years to research and develop innovative new tools for the reading and sharing of scholarly text. PKP has also participated in the lab’s annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute.


Freie Universität Berlin is a full-spectrum university, comprising twelve departments and three Central Institutes that together offer more than 150 different academic programs in a broad range of disciplines.  They are a long-time PKP partner and have contributed significantly to our platforms’ multilingual capacity and have become the primary source of knowledge and support for PKP projects in Germany.


Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature and is one of the most widely used search tools in the world.  Google Scholar has worked directly with PKP to ensure that OJS journals are easily harvested and searchable in their online services and recommends the use of OJS.


Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT) supports Brazilian OJS journals with full-time staff members delivering workshops and technical support, and serves as an active member of the OJS testing and translation team.


International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) is an international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge.They provide OJS software for use by the Journals Online project, which by the end of 2012 hosted 240 journals spread across different regional portals, e.g. Bangladesh Journals Online or Latin America Journals Online.


The LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Program, based at Stanford University Libraries, provides libraries and publishers with open source digital preservation tools to preserve and provide access to persistent and authoritative digital content. LOCKSS has worked with PKP to ensure that the OJS / LOCKSS plug-in works correctly.


Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y El Caribe, España y Portugal (Redalyc) is currently promoting the use of OJS among its 519 journals and has committed two interns to helping with the development of OJS. In the near future, Redalyc will be offering free hosting to journals in Latin America.


SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) is an online library made up of an Ibero-American network of full-text scientific journal collections, open to all and free of charge.


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries. SPARC has been a strong supporter of PKP from its earliest days and has identified PKP as one of its Leading Edge Partners.