In a press release dated March 26, 2013 on its website, Public Knowledge Project announced the first full version release (1.0) of its Open Monograph Press (OMP) open source monograph publishing platform software.
OMP is an open source software platform for managing the editorial workflow required to see monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions through internal and external review, editing, cataloguing, production, and publication. OMP will operate, as well, as a press website with catalog, distribution, and sales capacities.
OMP is the latest development at PKP, which aims to do for electronic online monograph publishing what its incredibly successful Open Journal Systems (OJS) has done for online journals. See the press release and visit the OMP website for a full list of this new platform’s capabilities and features. OMP could be a real boon to scholar-publishers in the humanities, where the monograph is still considered the gold standard for scholarly communication.
In the press release, John Willinsky, founding Director of PKP, and author of the book, The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006), states: “We have worked hard to create a virtual publishing-house-in-a-box, which, in the hands of publishers and scholars, will give life to a new generation of learned books.”