PKP is hiring an Associate Director of Publishing Services – Public Knowledge Project

“The Associate Director, Publishing Services provides operational direction for PKP’s Publishing Services (PKP|PS) activities, including leading a team of professional and support staff and supporting the development and growth of programs and services to position PKP|PS as a trusted service provider and leader in the field of scholarly publishing.

The role manages an annual operating budget and is responsible for establishing and ensuring that revenue and expense targets are met. As part of PKP’s strategic leadership team, the Associate Director is responsible for planning the long-term sustainability of PKP, including developing and implementing strategies to advance PKP priorities and opportunities, improve operations, and launch initiatives, products, and services. The role establishes processes for client engagement, business development, and service delivery, and reporting on PKP|PS activities….”

NWO to support three new open infrastructures | NWO


Open science benefits from an open infrastructure and thriving networks and communities that support the scientific community in sharing publications, data and software openly. NWO’s support to the following four organisations contributes to this.

Open science Infrastructures


OpenCitations is a non-profit organisation dedicated to publishing open bibliographic and citation data using Linked Data technologies. Providing an open database of citations reduces the reliance on commercial products for doing bibliometric research and citation measurement.

Research Organization Registry (ROR)

ROR is a global, open registry for identifying research organisations run by the academic community. ROR makes it easy for any person or system to standardise institutional names and link research organisations to researchers and research outputs. ROR is also one of the recommended Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) in the NWO PID Strategy.

Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

PKP is a research and development initiative of Simon Fraser University in Canada that develops the leading open source publishing software Open Journal Systems (OJS). More than 30,000 open access journals worldwide use this software. This makes it an essential infrastructure in the open access publishing landscape.

Netherlands Reproducibility Network (NLRN)

NLRN aims to increase knowledge on the transparency and reproducibility of research and to coordinate, support and strengthen initiatives and developments in this field in order to improve the quality and efficiency of research in the Netherlands. NLRN is a member of the international network of national reproducibility networks.

Open science stands for the transition to a more open and participatory research practice in which publications, data, software and other forms of scientific information are shared and made available for reuse at the earliest possible stage. Open science leads to greater impact, both on science and on society. NWO believes that publicly funded research should be openly available and is actively contributing to the transition to open science.

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NWO supports a number of non-profit, community-led initiatives aimed at renewing the scientific communication system. See more details on these infrastructures.

PKP joins £5.8 million project for open access books: Open Book Futures (OBF) – Public Knowledge Project

“PKP joins a new project that works to increase access to valuable research and sustainability for the future of open access books, which is set to receive more than £5.8 million in funding.

Led by Lancaster University, the Open Book Futures (OBF) project will develop and support organisations, tools and practices that enable both academics and the wider public to make more and better use of books published on an Open Access basis. Open Access books can be accessed and used online free of charge….”

Guest Post – Scholarly Publishing as a Global Endeavor: Leveraging Open Source Software for Bibliodiversity – The Scholarly Kitchen

“The scale of the adoption of PKP’s open source publishing software around the world may be surprising, but the numbers should be a cause of celebration, for they are a demonstrable improvement in global knowledge exchange. They reflect an increase in engagement, participation, and diversity of contribution to the global scholarly knowledgebase, in origin, language, purpose, and the generation of research and data to find solutions to local and global issues from a new perspective and through a different lens….”

Project JASPER: a progress report – DOAJ News Service

“Project JASPER was announced on World Preservation Day in November 2020. 

The initiative was launched by DOAJ, CLOCKSS, Internet Archive, ISSN International Centre (Keepers Registry) and Public Knowledge Project to address the problem of open access journals disappearing from the web. 

So, where are we as we start 2023?

We have developed the DOAJ interface so that indexed publishers can opt in to preservation at the push of a button.
DOAJ and CLOCKSS have signed an agreement to remove some of the paperwork formerly required from each publisher, thereby streamlining the process.
There is a human support system in place, so these publishers have a friendly and streamlined journey – this crosses all the partner organizations and has been surprisingly challenging to orchestrate.
The questionnaire we use to assess journals wanting to be part of JASPER is now available in 3 languages: Arabic, English, and Spanish. We’re hoping to add more languages soon.
A technical pipeline exists so that content and structured metadata swish seamlessly from DOAJ into Internet Archive to one or more preservation services.
Nine journals have completed the process and have either delivered content and metadata or have been archived via Internet Archive’s automated web crawling.
Most importantly, we have been able to preserve scholar-led journals published in countries such as Croatia, Finland, Ireland, North Macedonia, Poland & Sri Lanka.
The project partners coordinated to produce a list of Ukrainian journals using OJS so that Internet Archive could ensure they were added to their web archiving initiative….”

Coalition Publica Call for Projects 2023: Textual data in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) – Public Knowledge Project

“Coalition Publica announced the 2023 Call for projects – Textual data in SSH with the goal of promoting access to massive research resources. As a part of Coalition Publica, the Public Knowledge Project would like to extend the invitation to all non-commercial projects to submit research proposals and apply for access to the large collection of textual data that Érudit, together with Library and Archives Canada, Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec, Canadiana / CRKN and the Bibliothèque de l’Assemblée Nationale du Québec is developing.”

PKP’s free and open source software (FOSS) version 3.4 for OJS, OMP & OPS: A sneak-peek – Public Knowledge Project

“PKP released development updates in December. In advance of releasing the Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Monograph Press (OMP), and Open Preprint Systems (OPS) software in version 3.4 this year, the PKP team offers a sneak-peek of what to expect, why they are most excited for the community, and some personal insights from their own work on the Project….”

Twenty-Fifth Year Reflections on PKP – Public Knowledge Project

“In 1998, I initiated a project that set out to make research a greater part of what constituted public knowledge. I called it a Public Knowledge project. That is, before PKP was PKP, it was PKp. The initial project arose out of a modest gift to the University of British Columbia from Pacific Press, the company that owned Vancouver’s two newspapers, the Vancouver Sun and Province. On learning of this gift to UBC, where I served as a Faculty of Education professor, I proposed that this new Pacific Press Professorship explore how the internet, with all its early promise as an “information highway,” could increase public access to research and scholarship. This would complement the Pacific Press’ journalism, I suggested, as well as advance educational goals, by expanding the storehouse of public knowledge….”



A global force in scholarly publishing, the Public Knowledge Project announced as SFU core facility – Simon Fraser University

“Simon Fraser University has designated the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) the university’s newest core facility, with Kevin Stranack serving as its Operations Director as well as SFU Professor Juan Pablo Alperin and professor John Willinsky as its Co-Scientific Directors….

PKP is a multi-university initiative developing free open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. Inclusion in SFU’s Core Facilities Program represents a recognition of PKP’s ongoing development as a vital open research infrastructure for digital-era scholarly publishing. Like the other core facilities, PKP is making its resources available to the university, as well as to the larger academic community outside of SFU, with its platforms being widely used by researchers and students across the campus and around the world….”

Bringing efficiencies to tens of thousands of journals: The role of Open Source | PUBMET

Abstract:  In addition to the growing number of scholarly journals published by the so-called “big five”, there are tens of thousands of journals that are published by individual scholars or by academic institutions. These smaller operations are a source of great bibliodiversity that deserves to be encouraged but can also be seen as inefficiencies in the system as a whole. The use of a common software—Open Journal Systems (OJS)—is helping these journals take advantage of an economy of scale without needing to centralize or homogenize them. The key to promoting both efficiency and bibliodiversity is in OJS’s open source nature. This presentation will describe the ways in which PKP’s open source software is bringing efficacy to journal operations, to the discovery of their content, and, in the best of cases, to supporting a transformation of the system as a whole.


$10M to support open-access and open-source research | UdeMNouvelles

“By awarding a $10-million grant to Coalition Publica through the Major Science Initiatives Fund 2023-2029, the Canada Foundation for Innovation is helping to address the ongoing need to operate and maintain research facilities of national importance, enabling Canadian researchers to undertake activities that rival those of their international colleagues.

Coalition Publica is developing an open, non-commercial infrastructure for digital research, dissemination and scholarly publication in the humanities and social sciences. The infrastructure is based on the complementarity of two leading technology solutions dedicated to open access and open science.

The first of those solutions is the dissemination platform of the Érudit Consortium of Université de Montréal (UdeM), Université Laval and Université du à Montréal, while the second is the Open Journal Systems editing and publishing software developed by the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University….”

Canada Foundation for Innovation renews its support for Coalition Publica | 19 August 2022

“Coalition Publica will strengthen its digital services to the Canadian and international scholarly community with continued investment from CFI. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is awarding a $10 million grant to Coalition Publica under the Major Science Initiatives Fund 2023-2029. Through this program, CFI contributes to the ongoing operation and maintenance needs of research facilities of national importance in order to enable Canadian researchers to undertake world-class research. Coalition Publica is developing an open, non-commercial infrastructure for digital research, dissemination, and scholarly publishing. It is based on the complementarity between the publishing software Open Journal Systems, developed by the Public Knowledge Project (Simon Fraser University (SFU)), and the dissemination platform of the Érudit Consortium (Université de Montréal, Université Laval, Université du Québec à Montréal), two leading technological solutions dedicated to open access and open science. In collaboration with the editorial teams of more than 250 scholarly and cultural journals, Coalition Publica also offers access to the largest corpus of Canadian research results in the humanities and social sciences. More than 220,000 publications are available, and 8,000 new articles are disseminated each year. Rich and diverse, the collections are representative of Canadian and international research and creation: archaeology, economics, history, literary studies, psychology, education… They are consulted each year by nearly 6 million users worldwide….”

Job: Data Scientist (Research Assistant) – Scholarly Communications Lab | ScholCommLab

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and the Scholarly Communications Lab (ScholCommLab) at Simon Fraser University are looking for a research assistant to work on the Metadata for everyone: Identifying and measuring metadata quality issues across cultures starting as soon as possible and no later than September 30, 2022. 

Metadata is a vital aspect of academic publishing. It ensures accurate identification and citation of a work. It can improve discoverability, access, dissemination, preservation, and, arguably, research impact. It can help disambiguate similar works. However, despite its importance, little is known about the quality of the metadata that is currently in use, and the impacts of poor metadata have rarely been studied. This project will therefore explore the metadata quality, consistency and completeness from various individual journals and communities. The project will pay special attention to elements that are most likely to vary across cultures, such as names and those that are potentially multi-lingual, with the understanding that metadata issues do not affect nor impact all communities in the same way.

Full details of the project can be found here: The Research Assistant will assist in “Phase 2” of the project. This phase will build upon the sample analysis in phase 1 and will include big-data analyses to quantify the completeness, inconsistencies, and idiosyncrasies found in publication metadata as well as attempts to automate heuristics to identify and/or resolve these issues.


Public Knowledge Project- Community Engagement and Outreach Librarian Burnaby , BC | Job Listing 30088 | June 2022

“The Public Knowledge Project invites applications for a Community Engagement and Outreach Librarian. Reporting to the Associate Director of Strategic Relationships, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting PKP’s mission of increasing the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. This is a full-time (1 FTE) continuing position, supported by external funds. This is a critical role at PKP that will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with PKP’s international community and partners and coordinating PKP’s community outreach and education programs. This role is intended to grow PKP’s capacity by soliciting and enabling contributions, both financial and in-kind, from PKP’s wide-ranging community, including users of its software and services, software developers, partners working on aligned initiatives and projects, organizations with aligned goals, and funders. The successful candidate will be able to serve as a representative of PKP in a wide range of settings, be adept at engaging with PKP’s diverse community themselves, and capable of developing and overseeing strategies for PKP to engage with the community more broadly….”

Project Jasper: the story so far – DOAJ News Service

“The initiative was launched by DOAJ, CLOCKSS, Internet Archive, Keepers Registry and Public Knowledge Project to start addressing the problem of open access journals disappearing from the web. We thought it was time for another update on what has been going on behind the scenes over the last few months.

Initially a scoping exercise, Phase One has subsequently seen the project partners design, implement and test a process for workflow efficiencies, capacity and usability. Articles from a number of journals have been ingested and documentation has been updated. Along the way, knowledge has been gained and valuable lessons have been learned 

The lessons relate to this project and preservation, but some may also apply to other publishing-related needs that smaller journals find challenging so we thought it would be useful to record our learnings and share them….”