New Agreement between Ubiquity Press and the Public Knowledge Project to Support Open Source Publishing

September 22nd, 2018 by  | Comments Off on New Agreement between Ubiquity Press and the Public Knowledge Project to Support Open Source Publishing

Ubiquity Press and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) have entered into an agreement to work more closely together. This agreement is strategically aligned with Ubiquity’s commitment to Open Source Software under its new Customer Charter. Ubiquity has used the Open Journal Systems (OJS) software to manage the editorial process for its journals since inception and OJS will continue to play a role into the future.

Under the agreement Ubiquity commits to releasing all their development work on the OJS platform under an open source license and contributing the code back to the core code base to benefit the entire PKP community. Initial development work will focus on the OJS API, identifying improvements specific to high-volume journals, and enhancements to support communities of journals.

The first step for Ubiquity is the migration of all journals on its platform to the latest version of OJS 3.x, due to be completed in early 2019. Supporting the latest version of the software is a key element of Ubiquity’s principle of not locking customers in to its platform, allowing them to continue using the software externally without interruption if they choose to move off the platform.

Brian Hole, CEO of Ubiquity Press, said, “This formal relationship with the Public Knowledge Project acknowledges both that OJS software has been a key part of our platform up until now and that it is also strategically very important for our future. In particular we feel a strong sense of shared vision and purpose with the PKP, and believe that working together will help us achieve a more democratized and equitable publishing world.”

“We’re delighted to be working directly with Ubiquity Press on scholarly publishing initiatives,” commented John Willinsky, Director of the Public Knowledge Project. “We look forward to collaborating with such an innovative, high-quality open access publisher, and we fully expect the resulting open source software developments with Open Journal Systems will result in benefits to the larger scholarly publishing community.”

About the Public Knowledge Project
Based at Simon Fraser University, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a multi-university initiative developing free open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. Open Journal Systems (OJS) is PKP’s flagship software suite and is used by close to 10,000 active scholarly journals worldwide.

About Ubiquity Press
Ubiquity Press is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books, and next-generation institutional repositories. Ubiquity also provides its platform to give universities and societies the infrastructure and services they need to run their own open access academic presses through the Ubiquity Partner Network. The platform currently supports over 500 journals and 30 partner presses.

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