PKP 2017 – Call for Proposals Now Open!

January 26th, 2017 by  | Comments Off on PKP 2017 – Call for Proposals Now Open!

The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to issue this Call for Proposals for the PKP 2017 International Scholarly Publishing Conference to be held in Montreal, Quebec on August 2, 3, and 4, 2017.

The conference will co-hosted by our friends at Érudit, and will take place at the Université de Montréal. Montreal is Canada’s second largest city and has a major international airport making travel easy from most locations.

This year’s theme is Reclaiming Scholarship: Voice, Rights, Ownership.

The conference will address issues of community voice, ownership, and control as it relates to open access publishing, global knowledge creation and sharing, open educational resources, citizen rights, scholars as publishers, and open source technologies. It will explore the power of community-based approaches and invites critiques of the pervasiveness of commercial publishing models (including APCs to fund open access), closed third-party systems and software, corporate concentration of scholarly publishing services, and the general ephemerality of the Web in the academic sphere.

The program will consist of a mixture of invited presentations, panel discussions, brief “lightning talks”, a 2-day development sprint, and workshops.

Proposals that address one or more of the following topics are especially encouraged:

  • Access to citizen-funded research and data;
  • Strengthening community connections and partnerships;
  • Amplifying diverse voices and local perspectives;
  • Ensuring usability and meaningful user involvement;
  • Supporting open and social scholarship;
  • Open technologies for open education;
  • Sustaining openness: finances and beyond;
  • Rethinking scholarly impact;
  • Platform ownership and control;
  • Innovative uses of PKP software applications.


The conference organizing team invites proposals for “lightning talks”, limited to 5 minutes each (with strict timing!). Please submit an abstract of max 250 words and a presentation title, along with a brief biographical statement, and your contact information.

Deadline for proposals: March 15st, 2017
Notification of acceptance: March 31th, 2017

Conference website:

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Stranack at

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