Reflections and Directions After PKP’s First Two Decades

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is entering its third decade. Like any project that has been around this long, PKP is facing the substantial responsibilities of maturity, seeking ways that will enable it to best serve the thousands of people who utilize our software to operate and index the journals and presses with which they work. It is out of this sense of responsibility that, in the fall of 2017, PKP submitted a proposal to the Laura and John Arnold Foundation boldly entitled “Sustaining Open Access’ Most Widely Used Publishing Software.” With this planning grant, PKP contracted the consulting services of BlueSky to Blueprint, with its principal Nancy Maron embarking on an exploration of PKP’s standing and prospects among a sample of those involved in scholarly publishing, including current, former, and potential users of its software.

Getting unvarnished feedback from the community, through a third party, has given us the opportunity to see ourselves through the lens of others. This view has enabled us to reflect on our values, our activities, and our operations. We have compiled our reflections on BlueSky to BluePrint’s report of the findings from the community consultation into our own report that outlines what actions we might take to ensure that PKP continues to grow and evolve in ways that are sustainable.

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Our three pillars:

  • Open Source Software
  • research, education and advocacy
  • PKP Publishing Services

PKP is committed to bringing these activities together in ways that reinforce each other and are philosophically coherent and consistent with the principles that underlie the open access community.

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One Comment on "Reflections and Directions After PKP’s First Two Decades"

  1. Favio Florez says:

    Dear members of PKP,

    Warm greetings from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. Congratulations -and thank you very much- for your twenty years of invaluable contributions to the visibility of Latin American scientific and academic production. I still remember trying to unify formal criteria in my institution out from hand-crafted, mostly empirical and inconsistent journal web sites back in 2010. Fornatelly, we joined the OJS hype, and it has provided, since then, the most reliable system to make our work noticeable and legit.

    As you clearly remark in your report, there are still some technical constraints in your platforms restricting the amount of customization and updates any end user -in many cases, a non code-experienced editor- is allowed to perform. In our context, the editor in chief can simultaneously be editorial cordinator, with copyedit and layout responsibilities, web master, SMO, etc. and it is not reasonable, for instance, to depend on a third party to set altmetrics up or migrate from software version 2.x to 3.x. On the other hand, there is still the slow-paced traditional administrative and technological system, unable to cope with the rapid changes around scholarly publishing.

    It would be ideal to have an easier and fully customizable -maybe a drag-and-drop like- platform in OJS, not only for graphic interfaces but for the editorial process too. We know academic publishing cannot be a “lonewolf” excercise, but sometimes this seems to be the most affordable and immediate practice at hand for editors.

    Thanks again for this meaningful and persistent effort.

    Kindest regards,

    Favio Andrés Flórez
    Editorial Coordinator of Scientific Journals
    Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
    Bogota, Colombia

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