PKP 2017 – Call for Proposals EXTENDED!

March 15th, 2017 by  | Comments Off on PKP 2017 – Call for Proposals EXTENDED!

We’ve had a few requests to extend the deadline for the call for proposals for the Sixth International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference, so we’re keeping submissions open until March 31.

The conference this year will be held on August 2, 3, and 4, in Montreal and is co-hosted by our friends at Érudit.

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 – 10 minutes each. 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 31st, 2017

Notification of acceptance: April 14th, 2017

Conference website:


If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Stranack at


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