This unit 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.
A basic introduction to the Public Knowledge Project and OJS.
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