Call for Proposals – PKP Conference 2015

pkp_logo_vert3The fifth PKP international scholarly publishing conference, which takes place August 13-14 2015, will be an opportunity for participants to engage on the important concept of openness in all of its manifestations. Open source, open science, open data, open access, open education, and open learning are not only integral themes in the scholarly communication landscape, but also in education, librarianship, economics, politics, and more. Following on 2014’s Open Access Week theme “Generation Open”, this conference will particularly focus on the next generation of scholars and researchers. This next generation are not only digital natives, but opendigital natives; who are influenced by the broad ideas of openness in many ways. As SPARC noted when announcing the OA Week theme, students and early career researchers are the future of the Academy, and the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends on them.

In collaboration with SFU’s Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and theElectronic Textual Cultures Lab / Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, the conference will address a wide range of topics such as open access publishing, global knowledge creation and sharing, open educational resources, the digital humanities, current and future scholars as publishers, and open source technologies. It will provide opportunities to explore a new array of connections among scholarship, technology, and community, all focussed around the broad theme of openness.

The conference will consist of a mixture of plenary presentations, panel discussions, brief “lightning talks,” a development sprint, and parallel conference sessions; following the general areas of scholarship, technology, and community.

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

  • Roles for next generation scholars and researchers;
  • Community connections and partnerships;
  • Open education and open learning;
  • New reading and publishing technologies, e.g., innovative reader interfaces;
  • Sustainability for Open: finance and beyond;
  • From scholarly publishing to scholarly products, e.g. the next generation scholarly monograph;
  • New approaches to assessing research outcomes and impact;
  • The full research lifecycle and new linkages with scholarly publishing, e.g. research data.

Parallel sessions will each be up to 20 minutes in length. Lightning Talks are limited to 5 minutes each (“5 slides in 5 minutes”). Panel presentation length will be determined by the number of participants. Sessions may consist of a case study, a research report, a “big idea”, as well as other options. Please feel free to contact the organizing team to discuss a topic for a paper, panel, or other session format.


The conference organizing team invites proposals for individual papers, presentations (without accompanying paper), as well as proposals for panel submissions and lightning talks. For individual papers and presentations, please submit an abstract of max 500 words and a presentation title, along with a brief biographical statement, and your contact information. For lightning talks, please limit the abstract to max 250 words.

For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of max 750 words as well as a list of all participants including brief biographical statements. Please identify and provide contact information for the panel organizer.

Deadline for proposals: February 1st, 2015

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