Module 1: Introduction to PKP & OJS




This lesson will give you a basic understanding of the history and background of the Public Knowledge Project and Open Journal Systems, and you should be able to identify at least three important aspects of the project and the software.

Because this is a community-based, open source software project, it is important that you gain some familiarity with its background and feel comfortable becoming part of it.

If you become an active participant, your own experience will be significantly enhanced, you will become part of an ever-growing and mutually-supporting “community of practice”, and the project itself will become stronger and more sustainable.





Edgar, Brian D. and Willinsky, John. A Survey of Scholarly Journals Using Open Journal Systems. Scholarly and Research Communication, 2010, vol. 1, n. 2.

A major study of OJS journals, revealing how it is being used around the world.

Owen, G. W. Brian and Stranack, Kevin. The Public Knowledge Project and the Simon Fraser University Library: A partnership in open source and open access. Serials Librarian, 2007, vol. 55, n. 1/2, pp. 140-167.

Provides a basic introduction to the Public Knowledge Project and OJS.



Self-paced courses can be a bit lonely, so to get to know some of the other people that are taking this course, please add a comment below introducing yourself. Provide your name, institution, journal (if you have one yet), and interest in taking the course. If someone has written something you find particularly interesting, post a reply to their comment.



If you have any questions about this lesson, please post them in the Comments section at the bottom of this page. Feel free to answer questions of your co-students too!


22 Comments on "Module 1: Introduction to PKP & OJS"

  1. Hi! my name is Austin Archer
    Institution: Walla Walla University.
    I’m here because we are considering starting a journal at our new Center for Equity and Educational Diversity, and i have been asked to be editor. I’m trying to learn as much as I can about electronic publishing.

  2. Hola mi nombre es Vicente, soy estudiante de la Universidad de Guadalajara y tomo el curso como preparacion profesional.

  3. My name is Edwin Alvarado. I am from Colombia and I am studying sociology in the National University of Colombia. I have just started to work for Biteca supporting the editorial process of different scholarly journals. As part of my job I need to learn about the software.

  4. Profile photo of Allison Hill Allison Hill says:

    Hi everyone,
    I’m an MLIS student at the University of British Columbia. I’m part of the editorial team for the iSchool’s student journal. I look forward to using PKP software, learning more about alternative publishing models, and meeting like minded people.

  5. Hello,
    My name is Aaron and I’am currently a Masters Student at the University of British Columbia and I have volunteered to help with the iSchool student Journal see also. Looking forward to picking up a few new skills.

  6. Hi, everybody!

    Mi name is Suria Bustos Venegas. I’m from México. I work for eScire, a consulting company. I’m interesed in this course because the company offers consulting services of free software like OJS, Koha and Dspace; and it is very important to learn how to use the system for to improve services daily.

    Best regards!

  7. Profile photo of Keti Keti says:

    Hello Everyone!!!
    I am glad to be registered here!
    As for me I am going to make medical journal for my Institute and need your help.. :))
    Firs of all, I am interested if free themes for OJS is available.. Thank you in advance

  8. Hi I am Mere Delai, currently the Journal Coordinator of a newly developed Journal with Ministry of Health Fiji,” FJPH-Fiji Journal of Public Health’. Looking forward to learn more about OJS.

  9. Profile photo of Greg Chan Greg Chan says:

    Hello — Greg Chan here. I am English faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the editor-to-be of a film studies journal, Mise en Scene Quarterly, which will be launched in 2016. I have just completed PKP’s “Becoming an Editor” course and am eager to jump into OJS.

  10. Hi, my name is Diana, I work to UNAM, Mexico. I’m manager journal and editor journal: “Investigaciones Geográficas”. I use OJS since 2009. I think that OJS is very important for science comunication. I’m interested in this course, to improve my knowledge in OJS.

  11. Hi,
    I’m Pedro López Project Manager of eScire a consulting company in Mexico. We give advice about the OJS process to research institutes who are using OJS for their editorial process.

    I’m very interesting in this course, I hope to better my skills about Editor role.

  12. Profile photo of Samuel Huang Samuel Huang says:

    I am Samuel Huang, managing editor of Journal of Gambling and Commercial Gaming Research which will be publishe on OJS.

  13. Hi!
    Here is my information:
    Name: Julieta Alcibar
    Institution: eScire (
    Interests: arts and music.

    Working as a consultant specializing in free software; particularly in Koha, DSpace and OJS.

    I have experience in publishing books in print and electronic format; however, the world is changing and modernizing scientific production, gradually ceases to be published in print to be published in electronic format.

    Therefore considered necessary to know the world of publishing periodicals online and share that knowledge with librarians, publishers and researchers.

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