PKP 2019 Conference Recap

January 16th, 2020 by  | 1 Comment

The PKP 2019 International Scholarly Publishing Conference was held November 20-22, 2019 at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Attended by more than 150 community members from around the world, we’ve enjoyed since then hearing post-conference reflections about the six workshops, five keynotes, and more than 30 presentations that took place.

One of the conversations we overheard was by the Swedish OJS-network. Their conference recap sent by email to their user group last month was the perfect summary of all the things we had yet to report on, so we asked the authors to translate and share in English.  


By Cathrin Viltefjäll and Magnus Annemark

Hello PKP community. I and my colleague Magnus from the OJS-team at Lund University, Sweden, have been invited to do this blog post to highlight what we took away from the PKP conference. The conference was a great way for us to expand our horizons regarding how we work with library publishing issues and OJS/OMP. The multitude of ways that journals, publishers, libraries and other organisations are working to fulfil their particular missions under their specific conditions, was inspiring to see. The idea of the community was something that was present in many parts of the conference, partly in terms of how these systems are built and further developed in a collaborative effort, but also in the sense that there are lots of smaller communities around publishing, scholarly communication, archiving and so on that together make up a massive community that it is exciting to be a part of.

As a relatively small OJS support group with limited resources in a country with only a handful of other equally small support groups, we rely greatly on our national Swedish OJS-network, which also includes our Danish colleagues. At the conference, we met and listened to talks by our Norwegian neighbours and realized that they face many of the same issues we do and work in a similar context to us. It got us thinking that maybe we can all stand to gain from meeting across borders with all our Scandinavian neighbours and it is something we would like to investigate further and see if we can bring into existence in the future.

The presentation by Jan Erik Frantsvag, about how OJS is not enough and that there needs to be more support for journals, struck a note with us. The reality he describes is very much the same one we live in and we would like to do so much more for our journal managers and editors. It is something that we talk about often and it seems to be on many peoples’ minds right now. We hope that these services can be offered to our journals in the future. 

Christine Fruin from Atla Open Press held an inspiring presentation about the development of the imprint and platform. Especially exciting for many of the attendees was the early adoption of the open source software Editoria for the production of epub formats. Although open monographs are not as abundant as open journals, the engagement from the attendees in this session certainly showed that for the people working with ebooks and in disciplines where book publishing is still the norm, it is a big deal.

We also want to highlight a few other things: 

  • The PKP update was very appreciated, it is always good to know what is being worked on. We were excited to hear about the new translation interface.
  • It was interesting to hear about alternative funding methods for Open Access publishing, like Atla, who use revenue from subscriptions to fund their Open Access press, and Opscidia, who sell text-mining services to fund their publishing.
  • Sonya Betz from the University of Alberta Library presented an ongoing investigation into the publishing landscape in Canada and the role library publishers play. We look forward to reading it when it is done.

Lastly, we want to mention the pre-conference workshops. We attended the workshop on XML publishing workflow as well as the one on metadata matters. We found them to be very informative, and they highlighted some important issues for us as we continue our work in library publishing and OJS support.


Missed PKP 2019? Or looking to revisit a presentation? We’re still working on our videos, but in the meantime, pdf presentations are available here. If you have stories, reports, recaps, or other post-conference reflections to share, please post them in the comments – we’d love to hear from you too! Special thanks to the Swedish OJS Network for sharing and authoring this post.

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One Comment on "PKP 2019 Conference Recap"

  1. PKP News says:

    Another excellent PKP 2019 conference recap to check out!

    Eikebrokk, Trude, Aysa Ekanger, Katherine Fonn, FrantsvågJan Erik, and Obiajulu Odu. 2019. “Some Highlights from the PKP 2019 International Scholarly Publishing Conference”. Nordic Perspectives on Open Science, December. https://doi.org/10.7557/11.5204.

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