Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study: Final Report

January 2nd, 2018 by  | Comments Off on Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study: Final Report

The Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study was a two-year investigation, undertaken under the auspices of the Public Knowledge Project with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The intent of this initiative was to examine whether scholarly publishing models, involving cooperation between the relevant stakeholder, might provide a means of moving […]

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Usability Testing on OJS 3.1

December 21st, 2017 by  | Comments Off on Usability Testing on OJS 3.1

We’ve just wrapped up another usability testing round that put some of the new OJS 3.1 features through their paces. We focused on the new way of listing in-progress journal submissions, including some filtering, colour coding, and iconography, as well as the new menu configuration tool.

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New OJS 3 Course Now Available

December 14th, 2017 by  | 2 Comments

We’re pleased to share our first new OJS 3 course on PKP School! Setting up a Journal in OJS 3 is a self-paced course that will walk you through all of the steps to configure your new journal using the new version of Open Journal Systems. The course is offered completely free of charge, but […]

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OJS is not for sale

December 5th, 2017 by  | 1 Comment

With the recent acquisition of bepress by multinational publishing giant Elsevier, we’ve been asked by a number of people, some in jest, others less so, if OJS is next, given its substantial share of the journal platform market. As the title of this piece indicates, OJS is most definitely not for sale. OJS (Open Journal […]

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Library Publishing Coalition Becomes Newest PKP Strategic Partner

November 29th, 2017 by  | Comments Off on Library Publishing Coalition Becomes Newest PKP Strategic Partner

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is pleased to welcome the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) as our newest PKP Strategic Partner. The LPC recently invited PKP to participate in their just-launched LPC Strategic Affiliates Program and we are pleased to be included with the seven other affiliates: the Association of American University Presses, the Coalition for […]

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Public Knowledge Project Receives Arnold Grant

October 30th, 2017 by  | Comments Off on Public Knowledge Project Receives Arnold Grant

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is pleased to announce that it has received a six-month planning grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.   Project web site: This funding will enable PKP to commence a comprehensive review of its open source publishing software and related services to ensure they continue to address the evolving […]

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OJS 3.1.0 Released

October 24th, 2017 by  | 7 Comments

The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce the release of OJS 3.1.0. This release includes several major new pieces of functionality: A REST API Subscription and APC support Section editor recommendations Rich submission lists Customizable menus Finnish and Swedish translations, and numerous translation improvements/updates And more.

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PKP 2017 Sprint Report: New User Mediation

October 5th, 2017 by  | 2 Comments

Three Sprint participants (Clinton, Rahul, and Svantje) worked on a new user mediation (or new user approval system) for OJS. Objectives In OJS 2.4.8 and OJS 3.0.1, user registration is either all-or-nothing: journal managers decide whether users can self-register, or when the journal manager must register all users.  A recurring request has been to allow […]

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Another Successful PKP Conference!

September 18th, 2017 by  | Comments Off on Another Successful PKP Conference!

Thanks again to everyone that was able to join us in Montreal for the PKP 2017 International Scholarly Publishing Conference and Development Sprint. When we held our first conference back in 2007, we had no idea it would still be going strong a decade later. Our partners at Erudit were amazing hosts, ensuring the best […]

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Rethinking bepress

August 8th, 2017 by  | Comments Off on Rethinking bepress

The recent announcement of Elsevier’s acquisition of bepress has generated considerable discussion in the library community, especially by those responsible for providing institutional repository and scholarly publishing services at their institutions. It has also resulted in many questions about Open Journal Systems (OJS) as an alternative option for library publishing programs.

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