Strategic Partners

Every PKP relationship has a strategic element, but it is a primary focus with these partners. Partnership examples include institutions, publishers, and other agencies that have an ongoing consultative relationship with PKP and closely aligned strategic goals. Collaborative activities are wide ranging and may include some or all of the following: collaboration on research projects, development contributions to PKP software; provision of language translations; assistance with software documentation, learning material or technical support; joint workshops, seminars or conference presentations; participation in UI/UX and PKP software testing; shared advocacy initiatives, or any appropriate activity that contributes to advancements in the scholarly publishing environment.

African Journals OnLine (AJOL) is the world’s largest and pre-eminent collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals. Historically, scholarly information has flowed from North to South and from West to East. It has also been difficult for African researchers to access the work of other African academics. In partnership with hundreds of journals from all over the continent, AJOL works to change this, so that African-origin research output is available to Africans and to the rest of the world. AJOL was one of the first large-scale adopters of OJS and have collaborated with PKP on several initiatives.


AU Press is dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and research through open access digital journals and monographs, as well as through new electronic media.  Through it, Athabasca University provides publishing services using PKP software, and played a major role in the development of the Open Monograph Press.


CINECA is a non profit Consortium, made up of 54 Italian universities, The National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics – OGS, the CNR (National Research Council), and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Today it is the largest Italian computing centre, one of the most important worldwide. CINECA provides e-publishing and digital library services, including support for Open Journal Systems and Open Conference Systems. CINECA maintains the Italian translations of each platform, and also contributes development and testing resources to the project.


The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation’s mission is to evolve how scholarship is created, produced and reported. CKF is building open source solutions in scholarly knowledge production that foster collaboration, integrity and speed. CKF envisions a new research communication ecosystem that gives rise to wholly unique channels for research output. CKF was founded in October 2015 with support from the Shuttleworth Foundation.


The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries is comprised of 22 university libraries located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, plus 15 affiliate members that particpate only in licenses for electronic resources. COPPUL members leverage their collective expertise, resources, and influence, increasing capacity and infrastructure, to enhance learning, teaching, student experiences, and research at their institutions.


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Crossref’s mandate is to connect users to primary research content by enabling publishers to work collectively. Crossref is also the official DOI® link registration agency for scholarly and professional publications.   Crossref is working closely with PKP to ensure that OJS support for DOI assignment can be as automated and seamless as possible.


Ediciones de la Universidad de Murcia hosts over fifty journals and conferences; hosts tutorials and talks for journals,  and provides support for editors and directors interested in publishing scholarly content online.  They participates actively in the PKP support and development community by providing plugins, translations,  and online support.


Editage, a brand of Cactus Communications, is a leading provider of English-language editing, publication support, and training services to the scholarly community worldwide. Known for its quality guarantee and an accomplished editing team that comprises editors specializing in more than 500 subject areas, it offers a range of service levels and turnaround times to help authors and journals with different needs. Through these services Editage aims to bridge the gap between authors and peer-reviewed journals, and to accelerate the process of publishing high-quality research.

Editage is also strongly committed to author education and aims to help authors develop good publication practices. Through Editage Insights, an interactive multi-platform online portal, Editage provides authors with useful resources on publication, including articles and tips on manuscript preparation, expert interviews, latest trends in publishing, and interactive features. Editage also provides on-the-ground training through workshops, webinars, and personalized sessions conducted by leading academic writing experts and trainers.

Editage works with OJS and PKP School to provide editorial and educational services to authors and journals worldwide. Through a plugin on the OJS, Editage extends its pre-submission manuscript preparation and journal support services to the PKP community at a discounted rates.

Editage Chinese website: http://www.editage.cn
Editage Japanese website: http://www.editage.jp
Editage Korean website: http://www.editage.co.kr


EKT (National Documentation Centre) of Greece has provided code contributions and Greek language translations for OJS over the past several years. More recently they have participated in the Hirmeos project (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure) with OMP being one of the five monograph publishing platforms being used. They are also one of the international nodes participating in the PKP Preservation Network. The formal relationship not only acknowledges these recent collaborations but will also provide a foundation for new initiatives going forward.


University of Victoria’s Electronic Textual Cultures Lab is a research-focused lab that stands at the forefront of Digital Humanities research, in the areas of text analysis, reading tools, and document encoding. The lab has partnered with PKP over several years to research and develop innovative new tools for the reading and sharing of scholarly text. PKP has also participated in the lab’s annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute.


Freie Universität Berlin is a full-spectrum university, comprising twelve departments and three Central Institutes that together offer more than 150 different academic programs in a broad range of disciplines.  They are a long-time PKP partner and have contributed significantly to our platforms’ multilingual capacity and have become the primary source of knowledge and support for PKP projects in Germany.


Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM) Journal Systems provides journal publishing services to the university, via Open Journal Systems (OJS), in Persian and English. FUM Journal Systems supports open access to scholarly research and promotes the use of Creative Commons Licensing with participating journals. FUM Journal Systems contributes to PKP, open source developers of the OJS journal platform, by means of providing translations, code, and other technical cooperation.


Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature and is one of the most widely used search tools in the world.  Google Scholar has worked directly with PKP to ensure that OJS journals are easily harvested and searchable in their online services and recommends the use of OJS.


Hypothes.is is a non-profit organization, funded by the Knight, Mellon, Shuttleworth, Sloan, and Helmsley Foundations – and through the support of hundreds of individuals. It is building an open platform for discussion on the web. It leverages annotation to enable sentence-level critique or note-taking on top of news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and more.



ImpactStory is a nonprofit obsessed with making scholarly research more open, accessible, and reusable. They create and support free services including Unpaywall, oaDOI, Impactstory Profiles, and Depsy. PKP and ImpactStory are working together to develop an article-level metric service using Crossref’s Event Data.


Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT) supports Brazilian OJS journals with full-time staff members delivering workshops and technical support, and serves as an active member of the OJS testing and translation team.


International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) is an international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge.They provide OJS software for use by the Journals Online project, which by the end of 2012 hosted 240 journals spread across different regional portals, e.g. Bangladesh Journals Online or Latin America Journals Online.


The Library Publishing Coalition is an independent, community-led membership association. Its purpose is to support an evolving, distributed range of library publishing practices and to further the interests of libraries involved in publishing activities.


The LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Program, based at Stanford University Libraries, provides libraries and publishers with open source digital preservation tools to preserve and provide access to persistent and authoritative digital content. LOCKSS has worked with PKP to ensure that the OJS / LOCKSS plug-in works correctly.


ORCID is a nonprofit helping create a world in which all who participate in research, scholarship and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions and affiliations, across disciplines, borders, and time.


Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y El Caribe, España y Portugal (Redalyc) is currently promoting the use of OJS among its 519 journals and has committed two interns to helping with the development of OJS. In the near future, Redalyc will be offering free hosting to journals in Latin America.


SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) is an online library made up of an Ibero-American network of full-text scientific journal collections, open to all and free of charge.


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries. SPARC has been a strong supporter of PKP from its earliest days and has identified PKP as one of its Leading Edge Partners.