CALL: Fourth International Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Scholarly Publishing Conference

From Karen Meijer-Kline, Communications and Member Services Officer, Public Knowledge Project (PKP), Simon Fraser University Library

Burnaby, BC, Canada  The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) are pleased to announce the Fourth International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference, which will be held from August 19 - 21, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico.

This is the first time that the PKP Conference is being held in Latin America, a region of the world that publishes almost exclusively in Open Access. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for exchange on innovative work in scholarly publishing, with a focus on the contributions of open source technologies. We look forward to hosting editors, publishers, librarians, researchers, developers, content aggregators, and PKP’s growing user community from around the world.

Previous International PKP Scholarly Publishing conferences have brought together a remarkable array of presentations and participants from around the world. We anticipate an equally valuable experience in 2013.

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

• Reports on institutional, national, and regional open access policies, initiatives, and projects;
• Sustainability and alternative models for open access publishing;
• Quality, impact, and reach of Open Access publications;
• Open Access and higher education;
• Interoperability and  information systems;
• New reading and publishing technologies.

The conference will consist of a mixture of plenary presentations, parallel conference sessions, brief "lightning talks," posters, workshops, and an exhibitor’s hall. Presentations are welcome in both English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation available for some of the plenaries.

Invited speakers will deliver plenary sessions around conference themes. Parallel sessions last up to two hours and will be a mixture of regular 15-minute presentations and 5-minute “Lightning Talks”. Sessions may consist of a case study, a research report, a "big idea" in publishing, outlining of a specific problem, as well as other options.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

Proposals (500 word maximum) should be submitted by March 1, 2013, using the submission guidelines and form available on our web site.  All proposals will be subject to peer-review and decision will be announced no later than April 15, 2013. (For more information please see http://pkp.sfu.ca/ocs/pkp/index.php/pkp2013/pkp2013/schedConf/cfp)  

If you have any questions, please contact the PKP Conference Director, Juan Pablo Alperin at pkp2013@alperin.ca or Karen Meijer-Kline, at kmeijerk@sfu.ca.

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