Sustaining PKP: Pledges, Pandemics, and Publishing

December 22nd, 2020 by  | Comments Off on Sustaining PKP: Pledges, Pandemics, and Publishing

It has been a year since PKP was announced as one of three open infrastructures to receive endorsement by the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS). In this update, we share our latest SCOSS news including thanks to those organizations and consortia who pledged support in 2020.

“The future of Open Science, though promising, is not certain.”

In 2019, SCOSS selected PKP as one of three endorsed services – along with the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)/Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) and OpenCitations – to be recommended to the international scholarly community for funding. This endorsement, to be recognized by the SCOSS community as vital non-commercial infrastructure supporting and enabling open access and open science, was and continues to be essential for our organizational growth. 

Over the past twenty years, Open Journal Systems (OJS), our flagship software, has evolved into a major contributor to open access. PKP’s sustainability plan includes funding from three key sources: annual sustainers (memberships), research grants, and revenue from PKP Publishing Services. The latter represents approximately 45% of our annual budget (prospectively, for 2020/2021) and has the potential to be our most reliable revenue source. SCOSS pledges are helping us to scale-up our hosting and publishing services, notably to improve our marketing and support services, so that we can more sustainably fund the development of our software. 

“As budgets tighten and the need for open resources swells, remaining diligent in our efforts to fund essential Open Science services remains critical.”

In the past year, the world has, as SCOSS noted in their June 2020 update, been “turned upside down.” And while the pandemic has not been kind to anyone, anywhere, it has undoubtedly shone a light on the importance of open science. One year in, we are extremely grateful for the support we’ve received to date. PKP has achieved approximately 25% of its funding goal with pledges from the following institutions:

  • AgroParisTech
  • Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN)
    • Brock University
    • Dalhousie University 
    • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    • MacEwan University
    • Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • Ryerson University
    • Simon Fraser University 
    • Université de Montréal
    • Université du Québec à Montréal
    • Université Laval 
    • University of Guelph 
    • University of Saskatchewan
    • Western University 
  • Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) 
    • Griffith University
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • University of Canterbury
    • University of New South Wales
    • University of Queensland
    • University of Sydney
  • KU Leuven Bibliotheken
  • French National Fund for Open Science
  • National Library of Sweden
  • Royal Danish Library
  • Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim
  • Université de Poitiers

“If we are to continue moving toward a future of science and research that is truly open, this infrastructure must be secured. And we need your help securing it.” 

In the light of the pandemic, SCOSS has extended our funding cycle from three years to four. Along with DOAB/OAPEN and Open Citations, we will continue to fundraise until the end of 2023. Even the smallest contribution can make a big difference. And you don’t have to use OJS to feel that this is a worthwhile contribution. According to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), OJS powers more than 40% of the journals in that index. That’s hundreds of thousands of open access articles, from thousands of international journals, sharing research findings on a diversity of issues and topics, available to everyone. Together with scholars, editors, librarians, and technologists from around the world, we aren’t just making software, we’re making knowledge public.

Has your organization made a pledge to SCOSS? Consider becoming a SCOSS funder – and a member of the PKP community – today! Visit the SCOSS website to learn more or contact Kevin Stranack, Membership Development & Community Education, at kstranac@sfu.ca.

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