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Call for Proposals



Please consider the conference theme, program tracks, and delivery formats below. Due to the strong interest that is already emerging in this year's conference, only a limited number of sessions will be accepted. Proposals will be notified in August.

Conference Theme

The theme of this year’s conference is “Reflections and Directions.”

In 2018, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) celebrated its 20th anniversary. This milestone prompted us to reflect, via community consultation, on the substantial responsibilities involved in supporting a global community of users. We aligned this year’s conference to this experience, not just because of our own maturation, but that of our community as well. Since 2001, our free, open source software, Open Journal Systems (OJS), has permitted thousands of users in over one hundred countries to produce scholarly journals. These journals are now facing their own related but unique growing pains. Further afield, the world of open access is also maturing, asking us to reconsider funding models, policies, and institutional priorities.

Given the continued growth of open access and our increased understanding of the value of open, community-controlled infrastructure, PKP 2019 invites proposals that explore the lessons learned, successes achieved, and setbacks overcome in our shared endeavours. What have we learned? And where are we heading?

Program Tracks

The conference will feature panel discussions, lightning talks, workshops, and conference sessions according to the following three tracks:

Track 1: Community 

The PKP community consists of a diverse group of users, contributors, partners, and staff. This track will celebrate the editors, developers, scholars, librarians, service providers and many more who work together to make knowledge public. We’ll network, share stories, and provide updates to learn more about how we are - or could be - working better together.

Track 2: Technology

Through learning opportunities and shared experiences we’ll explore the PKP suite of open source software including Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Monograph Press (OMP), Open Conference Systems (OCS), and Open Harvester Systems (OHS). May include achievements and advancements in software development, plugins, workflow, user experience, and more. Submissions on related publishing technologies are also welcome.

Track 3: Open Access

There’s plenty to talk about when it comes to the sustainability of open access publishing and open source software. Keeping in mind Plan S and the development of alternative publishing and funding models, this track will bring together theoretical conversations and critical analysis of today’s top issues as they relate to our ongoing efforts to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing.

Delivery Formats

The program will consist of a mixture of the following formats:

Presentations (20 minutes) Standard conference presentation. The presentation file (e.g., Powerpoint) will be posted to the Conference web site.

Panels (approx. 50 minutes, depending upon number of panelists) Standard conference panel session, with the time length determined by the number of panelists. All presentation files will be posted to the Conference web site.

Lightning Talks (5 minutes) Very brief presentations. The presentation file (e.g., Powerpoint) will be posted to the Conference web site.

Workshop (1 - 2 hours) Workshop presented in a computer lab providing a hands-on learning experience for participants.

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