Designing for Emergent Workflow Cultures: eLife, PRC, and Kotahi | CommonPlace, Series 2.2 Community-led Editorial Management

Hyde, A., Pattinson, D., & Shannon, P. (2022). Designing for Emergent Workflow Cultures: eLife, PRC, and Kotahi. Commonplace. https://doi.org/10.21428/6ffd8432.ef6691ea

Abstract

Scholarly publishing is evolving, and there is a need to understand and design the new (emergent) workflows while also designing technology to capture and support these processes. This article documents an ongoing collaboration to develop technology to meet emergent workflows in scholarly publishing, namely Publish-Review-Curate (PRC). We explore this topic with different eLife PRC community stakeholders using Kotahi, a flexible open-source scholarly publishing platform that can support variant workflows (built by Coko).

 

 

OA Publishing Platform | Scholarly Community | ReachOA

“Amnet, through its collaboration with Coko, has developed an OA publishing platform ReachOA, which is aimed at addressing present scholarly publishing challenges and at helping the scholarly community do more with less. Our focus is to offer the best open access tools for the scholarly publishers the world over and to help members explore the potential of open access journals and take advantage of them.

ReachOA powered by Kotahi, is a full-featured modern publishing platform designed to digitize content publishing including science journals, micropublications, preprints and more. Its range of rich features and optimized workflow simplify the end-to-end process, making it easy for article publishers to create, review, revise, and publish their works….”

COKO: 2021 – 2022 Annual Report

Coko’s motto is “We Build, You Publish” – we exist to benefit the publishing community by building modern, open source tools that enable the publishing of critical knowledge better, faster, cheaper.

Our economic model is simple. Organisations pay us to build and extend open source software for them, and we use the surplus to build open source software for the community. It is a kind of Robin Hood production model if you will.

But we are not just about tools. We also care about the people that build and use these tools— the Coko Community—which is why we also lead initiatives like the Open Publishing Awards and the Open Publishing Fest. These two events have been successful and joyful for those that participated. At the Fest, we’ve had performances (a special thank you to our friends from the Philippines – the Divine Divas!) from all over the world and more than 300 presentations. Many of these presentations were extremely well attended and we welcomed everyone including folks that build competitive technologies to join in and promote what they are doing. The Awards were also fantastic with more than 400 nominations and 20 amazing award-winning projects selected by our esteemed panel of judges (a special thanks to chairman Cameron Neylon).

With community in mind, it is also important to note our work with the Women in Tech India collective (WiTc). We launched the DEWI Academy with WiTc last year with the aim of training women in rural India to learn how to build software. In addition, we co-founded the Coalition for Open Access Publishing Infrastructures in Africa in 2020 with WACREN, and EIFL.

But of course, Coko’s primary focus is building opensource technology for the publishing community. Since 2019, we have grown the number of community technologies we build and support from 4 (Editoria, PubSweet, xSweet and Wax) to 11 – with Pagedjs, Kotahi, ScienceBeam, Libero Editor, Flax, Wax 2, and CokoDocs all joining the Coko portfolio.

We have also grown the number of bespoke platforms (open source platforms that organisations pay Coko to build) including major projects for NCBI, the Open Education Network, and HHMI.

In total, this means we have grown our common community code base from around 800,000 lines of code a few years ago to approximately 2 million lines of reusable open source code today.

To reach such productivity levels we had to grow our team. In 2019, we had less than a dozen people on our team, we now have over 40.

 And to grow our team we needed to grow our revenue. Coko has seen accelerated revenue growth rising from $650,000 USD three years ago to a projected $2 million USD in 2022.

What might not be as apparent, but something we are very proud of, is that we have also changed the balance of our revenue model. In 2019, our revenue comprised approximately 90% funding, 10% earned income. Today we have completely flipped the balance of revenue to 90% earned income, and 10% funding, a significant achievement for a not-for-profit like Coko.

This model is very powerful because it allows us to spend the unrestricted surplus on building products for the Coko Community. So if you are an organisation needing development services, drop us a line! You will be helping your organisation and, at the same time, the publishing community as a whole.

Last, but certainly not least, Coko has recently welcomed a lot of organisations to our community including NLnet, Crossref, OASPA, Amnet, Livriz, and others while also continuing to work with, and be supported by, long-term friends and partners such as eLife and Hindawi….”

Winners of Open Publishing Awards 2021Announced

The intention of the awards is to bring stories to you about the amazing diversity of open projects that exist today in publishing. If you tweet, blog, or you are a reporter or researcher we hope that you will join us and use your tools to explore and amplify each of these amazing stories about open publishing to the world.

Open Publishing Fest 2021: November 08-19, 2021. Call for proposals now open!

Open Publishing Fest is a decentralized public event that brings together communities supporting open source software, open content, and open publishing models.

Held over two weeks in November this year, Open Publishing Fest will feature discussions, demos, and performances that showcase our paths toward a more open world.

Open Knowledge ?/= Open Publishing ?

For more info or to discuss ideas please email adam@coko.foundation.

eLife extends support for Coko’s work on open-source publishing solutions | For the press | eLife

eLife is pleased to announce today its ongoing support for Coko to develop open-source software solutions for publishing, including Kotahi – a new journal platform that can also help facilitate the publication and review of preprints.

Announcing the 2021 Open Publishing Awards!! : Coko

“We are proud to announce the 2021 Open Publishing Awards!

As we witness a rise in the creation of content, software, systems, and infrastructure that help share knowledge and stories globally without barriers, the Open Publishing Awards seek to recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that advance open in publishing….”

Announcement: Coko partners with Amnet Systems to build Open Infrastructure : Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

“Coko and Amnet Systems are proud to announce a collaborative partnership to fast track projects beneficial to the open access community for Emergency Response Publishing.

Coko, a leading provider of open source publishing solutions in the not-for-profit sector, and Amnet Systems Private Limited a leading publishing and accessibility services provider, announced an exciting collaboration to fast track projects beneficial to the Open Access Community. The relationship is focused on Emergency Response Publishing (ERP) in response to the global pandemic environment and the aftermath.

The scholarly communications sector needs modern technologies and radically optimized workflows to respond to this current pandemic crisis — ERP is a new Coko project to provide these technologies and improved workflows and pave the way for future modernization of the publishing sector….

To this end, we are happy to announce that Amnet will dedicate significant resources to collaborate on the development of Coko’s state-of-the-art open source journal platform – Kotahi. Amnet has committed full-time developers to collaborate with the Coko team to accelerate the development of the Kotahi platform….”

 

Announcement: Coko partners with Amnet Systems to build Open Infrastructure : Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

“Coko and Amnet Systems are proud to announce a collaborative partnership to fast track projects beneficial to the open access community for Emergency Response Publishing.

Coko, a leading provider of open source publishing solutions in the not-for-profit sector, and Amnet Systems Private Limited a leading publishing and accessibility services provider, announced an exciting collaboration to fast track projects beneficial to the Open Access Community. The relationship is focused on Emergency Response Publishing (ERP) in response to the global pandemic environment and the aftermath.

The scholarly communications sector needs modern technologies and radically optimized workflows to respond to this current pandemic crisis — ERP is a new Coko project to provide these technologies and improved workflows and pave the way for future modernization of the publishing sector….

To this end, we are happy to announce that Amnet will dedicate significant resources to collaborate on the development of Coko’s state-of-the-art open source journal platform – Kotahi. Amnet has committed full-time developers to collaborate with the Coko team to accelerate the development of the Kotahi platform….”

 

New Editoria Release – Oia : Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

“Oia is the name of the latest Editoria release out today. Oia is part of the municipality of Santorini, Greece. Alex Georgantas, Coko Dev and lead Editoria developer has been hard at work over the last months and we are proud to announce the release of Editoria Oia!

There have been many new features, and some fixes, added to Editoria in this release, however the main item is the new Asset manager. The Asset Manager takes Editoria along a lot of new paths which pushes the tool further into a league of its own wen it comes to professional book creation tools….”

Co-designing OA Publishing Infrastructures in Africa Workshop : Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

“We are very happy to announce the first in a series of four workshops on Co-Designing Open Access Infrastructures. These meetings are particularly focused on Africa and organized by the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), EIFL and Coko….”

Open Publishing Fest

“A festival, not a conference. Takes place over two weeks in May (May 18-29). We take the idea (but not literally) of “tents” as venues within a festival. There are many tents and each is curated around a certain theme. These tents have rolling events, sometimes gaps, sometimes gapless. Many events occur across all tents simultaneously. The tents relate to themes — Open Content, Open Source Software, and Open Publishing Models. There may also be a “main stage”.

All events are curated by thematic teams of people we trust. Each event is online. The festival website maintains the program of events. The central website is going to be very much like a festival programme, pointing to various events on each day you may wish to browse….”

Coko announces one-year contract with NCBI : Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

“Coko has received a one-year contract from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a center within the US National Library of Medicine, to build a content management system to support its Bookshelf resource.

Bookshelf, which provides free online access to books and documents in the life sciences and in healthcare, is in need of a new content management system because its existing CMS is built on Microsoft Silverlight, which will no longer be supported by Microsoft after October 2021. For this reason, NCBI reached out to Coko for some help conceptualizing and building a new, open source content management system to support Bookshelf….”

GeoScienceWorld’s Lithosphere to run on Phenom | Hindawi

“Hindawi’s open source scholarly infrastructure platform, Phenom, recently received a huge vote of confidence, as it will now power the newly relaunched Lithosphere – the society-run, open access community journal for geosciences. The contract between GeoScienceWorld (GSW) and Hindawi was signed in late 2019 with Lithosphere opening for submissions on January 13th 2020….

Phenom combines Hindawi’s new modular publishing system developed using Coko’s PubSweet open source framework with services that draw from Hindawi’s experience in open access publishing to support partners, authors, editors, reviewers and readers. From manuscript submission to publication, Phenom currently underpins over 50 of Hindawi’s journals, with the rest of its journal portfolio to migrate through February 2020. Journals from Wiley and AAAS will also join Lithosphere in running on Phenom in 2020. …”