Friday, December 03, 2010

PKP 2011 Conference - Call for Proposals

PKP 2011 Conference - Call for Proposals


The Third International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference
Building and Sustaining Alternative Scholarly Publishing Projects Around the World

The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, the Third International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference will be held from September 26 - 28, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. 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. Given that the landmark Budapest Open Access Initiative, launched in December 2001, will be celebrating its first decade, the conference invites explorations of the lessons learned, successes achieved, and setbacks overcome in our shared attempts to increase and open access within scholarly publishing. The first and second PKP conferences brought together a remarkable array of presentations and participants from around the world, and we anticipate an equally valuable experience in 2011.

Proposals that address one or more of the following topics are especially encouraged:

* New reading and publishing technologies, e.g., integration of Web 2.0 features;
* Reports on national and regional open access policies and initiatives;
* Alternative publishing and funding models;
* National and international collaborative projects;
* New roles and partnerships for libraries, scholarly publishers, and others;
* Sustainability for open access publishing and open source software.

The conference will consist of a mixture of plenary presentations, panel discussions, brief "lightning talks," posters, workshops, a hackfest, an exhibitor hall, and parallel conference sessions in the following streams:

* Editors, publishers, and librarians
* Researchers and members of scholarly/scientific societies
* Software developers and system administrators
* Community/User groups

Parallel sessions will each be up to 20 minutes in length. Lightning Talks and “Ask a Developer” presentations are limited to 5 minutes each. Sessions may consist of a case study, a research report, a "big idea" in publishing, as well as other options.

Proposals (500 word maximum) should be submitted by March 15, 2011, using the submission guidelines and form available on our web site. All proposals will be subject to peer-review and you will be informed of a decision by June 1, 2011. Due to the strong interest in this year's conference, only a limited number of sessions will be accepted.

Submission Formats

1. Papers (20 minutes)
Standard conference papers, to be presented at the conference, with the paper posted to the PKP Conference web site.

2. Presentations (20 minutes)
Standard conference presentation, without an accompanying paper. The presentation file (e.g., Powerpoint) will be posted to the Conference web site.

3. Panels (20 - 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.

4. Posters
A poster to be displayed in the common space. The poster file will be posted to the Conference web site.

5. Lightning Talks (5 minutes)
Very brief presentations: 5 slides in 5 minutes.The presentation file (e.g., Powerpoint) will be posted to the Conference web site. Topics could include a new feature development, or a case study of a current project (local, regional, national, international) using one or more of the PKP software applications.

6. “Ask a Developer” Presentations (5 minutes)
Very brief (5 minute) presentations illustrating a particular problem, issue, or need with one or more of the PKP software applications, made to an open audience, but also to members of the PKP development team. PKP Team members will respond to each presentation with suggestions, recommendations, or opportunities for further collaboration.

The Public Knowledge Project is a research and development initiative directed toward improving the scholarly and public quality of academic research through the development of innovative online publishing and knowledge-sharing environments. Located at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Stanford University, PKP has developed free, open source software for the management, publishing, and indexing of journals and conferences. Software such as Open Journal Systems, Open Conference Systems and Open Monograph Press increase access to knowledge, improve management, and reduce publishing costs. Over 6500 online journals worldwide are currently using the OJS software.