PubPub supports over three thousand communities, from peer-reviewed scholarly journals and books to novel community publishing experiments, and everything in between. These communities are created and maintained by university presses, society publishers, library publishers, independent scholar-led publishers, academic departments, research labs, ad-hoc communities, individuals, and many others. PubPub provides infrastructure for each part of the publishing process, from drafting documents, conducting peer review, and hosting entire journal and book websites to collecting and displaying reader feedback and analytics.
You can get started now by creating your community.
PubPub is an open-source, hosted, free-to-use content management system designed to help knowledge communities of all types collaboratively create and share knowledge online. PubPub’s flexible, extensible system allows communities to create the dynamic content that best represents their work, whether it’s a traditional academic journal, a book, a repository of interactive documents, a blog, all of the above, or something in between. If needed, PubPub then helps communities integrate their work into academic infrastructure like Crossref and Google Scholar without the need to remake it to conform to legacy expectations of how academic outputs are structured.
PubPub is built for communities of all types, but may be ideal for you if your community:
PubPub may not be ideal if your community:
To learn more about the features, benefits and tradeoffs of using PubPub, see our Getting Started guide.
We offer forum-based, community support for all PubPub users. Feel free to post on our user forum at any time. If you need more support, consider becoming a KFG Member. KFG Contributing Members and above receive email support, as well as strategy consultation and training from our team.
For groups that want personalized support, we offer production, training, and strategy services for building high quality, effective publishing communities. Services include content production, editorial services, site design, back file import, training, interactive production, branding, and more. Learn more about our Community Services offerings.
PubPub provides open-source infrastructure to publish knowledge credibly and tools to facilitate community participation. For-profit academic publishing models that mount paywalls to monopolize publicly funded research hinder the reach of public knowledge and thereby contradict the ultimate goal of its creators. At PubPub we value the creation of knowledge and advocate for the people that are contributing to our collective understanding.
In the last several years, many once-independent publishing tools have been consolidated into closed platforms. We believe researchers need open-source, academically supported, end-to-end alternatives to these proprietary platforms and publishing models. In our vision of the future, knowledge communities play a lead role in building and maintaining our knowledge systems, reclaiming territory that was ceded to proprietary solutions.
PubPub is built and maintained by the Knowledge Futures Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building public knowledge infrastructure. KFG is governed by an independent board, and supported and driven by Members. Membership allows individuals and organizations of all sizes to support open infrastructure; receive discounts on Community Services; receive additional support on our products; meet and share ideas with other innovative knowledge communities; and join a community passionate about the future of knowledge infrastructure and its development. If you value PubPub, we encourage you to become a KFG Member.
We believe that for PubPub to succeed, it must be sustainable for the long term. For us, sustainability means primarily being supported by mission-oriented revenue streams, rather than being grant and gift-supported or relying on ancillary revenue streams. Learn more about our sustainability plans.
—The PubPub Team