PKP Forum

The PKP Community Forum is a vibrant user community that exists to share information, provide assistance, and help users work in the OJS software. You can search through existing topics or, if you cannot find what you need, submit a question.

So, what is the PKP?

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) "is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing." Through their efforts to expand and improve access to research, they released the Open Journal Systems (OJS) open source software under the GNU General Public License. Scholarly Exchange® service uses the OJS software and frequently refers journal managers and editors to their resources, as outlined here.

Software Documentation

The PKP provides extensive resources and documentation to help you set up, work through, and troubleshoot your journal. The following documentation is especially useful and relevant:

Affordable and Sustainable

Open Access Publishing

The Scholarly Exchange® service provides to you a proven platform for your new open access scholarly journal.

Publishing System

We use a feature-rich publishing platform that allows journals to fully manage the administrative and editorial aspects of their journal. We also make sure your content never gets lost by providing daily backups.


Open Access

We are committed to providing research communities a low-barrier resource to share knowledge and ideas through open and responsible collaboration.


Low Cost

Set-up and start your journal risk free with no service fees for the first year. Subsequent year service fees are kept low to ensure you can focus on your journal content and not the cost of producing it.


Quick Startup

Starting a Scholarly Exchange® hosted journal begins with a proposal form and, once submitted, you could be working on creating content within a month.