PKP is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. The Public Knowledge Project was established in 1998 by John Willinsky at the University of British Columbia. Since that time PKP has expanded and evolved into an international and virtual operation with two institutional anchors at Stanford University and Simon Fraser University Library.
Like all successful open-source software projects, PKP relies heavily on its community of users to participate and contribute in a variety of ways. PKP’s sponsorship campaign has been very successful with over 20 Sponsors who provide financial support to sustain PKP. The PKP Support Forum has almost 5,000 members and serves as the primary source for answers to technical and other queries about PKP software. Individuals and sites using PKP software are also responsible for contributing software enhancements and plugins, plus over 25 language translations for OJS.