Monday, January 08, 2007

CFP: First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference

CFP: First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference

The final deadline for the call for papers has been extended to Wednesday, February 7th. Preliminary review of abstracts will begin on January 15th. Those who are intended to take advantage of the extra time for developing a proposal may wish to submit a preliminary proposal by January 15th. The Open Conference Systems abstract submission process makes it very easy for the author to modify an initial proposal. If you are submitting a preliminary proposal, please include a note to this effect with the abstract.

First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference
Vancouver, July 11-13, 2007

The Public Knowledge Project at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University is pleased to announce that the first international PKP conference will be held from July 11-13, 2007 in Vancouver. The conference will provide opportunities for those involved in the organization, promotion, and study of scholarly communication to share and discuss
innovative work in scholarly publishing, with a focus on the contribution that open source publishing technologies (such as Open Journal Systems) can make to improving access to research and scholarship on a global and public scale. The conference will appeal to all those with an interest in the future of scholarly publishing community: software developers and technical support specialists; journal publishers, editors, and staff; librarians; and researchers in scholarly publishing.


Abstract Deadline (required): January 15, 2007
Paper and PowerPoint Submission (desired but not required for public
posting): July 1, 2007
This conference, which uses Open Conference Systems developed by the Public Knowledge Project, enables participants to submit abstracts
online at

Presentations can include:
* Single papers (abstract max of 500 words)
* Multiple paper sessions (overview max of 500 words)

Call for Papers Announcement
The conference stream for those involved in the practices and study of journal publishing will focus on the following themes and topics:
* Scholarly publishing in developing countries;
* Open access and the academy: reforming and opening the peer review process, implications for academic freedom;
* New journals, new models: the how and why of starting a new journal, new economic models for old journals, encouraging open data and related practices;
* Promotion and growth: building readership, authorship, and reviewership; open access is public access - challenges and benefits;
* Improving the features and design of publishing software

The conference stream for librarians and information specialists will focus on the following themes and topics:
* The role of libraries in supporting and developing emerging or alternate forms of scholarly communication, e.g., the library as publisher, implications for collections budgets and policies;
* Incorporating and supporting open access publications as part of current collections and related services;
* Using PKP software and related open source tools in libraries, e.g., "best practices" or case studies.

The conference stream for open source software developers and other technical experts working with PKP software will address the following:
* Understanding and working with PKP software and its "plug-in" architecture;
* Building a PKP developers' community including software contributions and collaborative projects;
* PKP software development priorities and plans.

Heather G. Morrison
First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference &
Project Coordinator
BC Electronic Library Network
Phone: 604-268-7001
Fax: 604-291-3023