Project Aim

As open access has expanded in recent years, a major factor has been the availability of reliable, easily installed (free) open source solutions to journal management and publishing. PKP's Open Journals Systems (OJS) is now the software of choice for publishers of over 10,000 journals worldwide.

As the environment around us continues to change, we are eager to pursue a course that sustains PKP's contribution to global participation in high-quality open access scholarly publishing.

The six-month project will see us develop a strategy for improving and sustaining PKP's contribution to scholarly communication with input from the community.


To develop a strategic plan that ensures PKP's ongoing contribution to open access scholarly publishing, we will undertake:

Who is involved?

Project Team

PKP Directors
John Willinsky
Brian Owen
Juan Pablo Alperin
James MacGregor
Alec Smecher
Kevin Stranack

Nancy Maron, Principal at BlueSky to BluePrint

Project Advisory Panel

Gwen Bird (Simon Fraser University)
Heather Joseph (SPARC/ARL)
Martin Paul Eve (Open Library of Humanities)
Geoffrey Bilder (Crossref)
Tanja Niemann (Erudit)
Dominique Babini (CLACSO)
Jennifer Vinopal (Ohio State University, Library)
Robert McDonald (Indiana University)
Leslie Chan (University of Toronto)
Susan Murray (AJOL)
Kristen Ratan (CoKo Foundation)


If you'd like to find out more, have any questions, or would like to share your thoughts, please reach out.

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About PKP

The Public Knowledge Project was established in 1998 at the University of British Columbia. Since then PKP has expanded and evolved into an international and virtual operation with institutional anchors at Stanford University and Simon Fraser University Library. It develops free, open source software for open access scholarly publishing and conducts research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing


This project is generously funded by a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation