PKP Conference 2011 – Final Call for Participation

Today I would like to draw your attention to the upcoming PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2011 which will take place in just about one month from now.

The Third International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference will be held from September 26 – 28, 2011 at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, organized by the Public Knowledge Project, in partnership with Freie Universitaet Berlin and Simon Fraser University Library.

Registration is still possible and there are still a few places available.

To register for the conference please visit:

Please note that registration will close September 19, 2011.


The PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2011 will be a place where stakeholders from the publishing community from all over the world will gather to discuss the potentials and challenges of alternative publishing models and free access to scientific knowledge. The conference will present innovations in technology developments and activities from open access initiatives from various countries and scientific disciplines. In addition, workshops provide the opportunity to learn about current developments in online publishing in a first hand and practical manner.


Participants coming from more than 30 countries from around the word have registered already – making this years conference a truly international gathering.


We are looking forward to spending three days with you in Berlin packed with talks, plenary sessions, workshops and a hackfest, and of course lively discussions among the participants.

We very much hope to see you in Berlin soon!


Yours truly,

PKP 2011 Conference Organizing Team


For general information please also visit our conference website:


About us:

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a research and development initiative which has developed free open source software such as Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP) in order to increase access to knowledge, improve management, and reduce publishing costs.

PKP Conference 2011 – Program Available, Hackfest Proposal Deadline Approaching

The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Third International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference will be held from September 26 – 28, 2011 in Berlin, Germany:

The theme for the conference is “Building and Sustaining Alternative Scholarly Publishing Projects Around the World”.

The program for the conference is now available, including lists of sessions and plenary speakers:

In addition, the conference will again host a “hackfest”, where groups of software developers, managers, and users come together to plan, design, and develop a new feature for OJS, OCS, or OHS over the two days of the conference. Proposals for hackfest projects are being accepted until August 1. More information is available on the web site:

This is the first time that the PKP Conference is being held outside of Vancouver, Canada, and we look forward to meeting more members of the growing, international PKP user community. Please register at:
We hope to see you there!

"Go Open Access"- Film Series

To promote understanding of Open Access, the information platform initiated a series of short films. In a charming and humorous manner, the value chain of academic publishing and the principles of Open Access are explained. The films (sponsored by the German Research Foundation, DFG) are in German and in English and will be gradually published on’s YouTube channel. Have fun and help spread the word! (The films are licensed under CC BY 3.0 Unported.)