Meet PubSweet – Coko’s free, open source framework for building state-of-the-art publishing platforms

PubSweet

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PubSweet is Coko’s free, open source framework for building state-of-the-art publishing platforms. PubSweet enables you to easily build a publishing platform tailored to your own needs. It is designed to be modular and flexible.

PubSweet can be used to rapidly create custom publishing systems. If the existing components do not completely meet your needs, you can focus development on building new components to provide just the new functionality required.

Join the PubSweet community and help us build a common resource of open components for publishing by contributing components back.

Documentation and further information about PubSweet can be found here. Below are Publishing platforms built with PubSweet.

microPublication.org

Micropublications Platform. Built by the Coko Development Team.

WormBase commissioned the Coko team to develop a micropublications platform for their micropublications.org project. It follows a simple micropubs workflow which has been designed and built to allow for its re-purposing by any micropubs use case. The real key difference between a journals workflow and micropubs is the scope of material submitted and the intention to process it very quickly. This platform has many innovative features including live chat and content ‘diffs’ so editors can easily see changes to articles.

This platform is now in production.

 

Editoria

Community-led Open Source Books Production platform. Built by the Coko Development Team

Editoria the fully fledged post-acquisition book production workflow developed by the Coko team in collaboration with the University of California Press (UCP) and the California Digital Library. Editoria is now in live use by UCP, ATLA Press, punctum books, M Publishing, UNC Press/Longleaf Services and Book Sprints.

There is a healthy community evolving around the product, as well as a forthcoming hosting vendor agreement (stay tuned). Editoria is completely open source. Our team of two developers works on the core Editoria platform, however much more horsepower is added when you consider development done on CSS stylesheets, paged.js, XSweet (docx to HTML conversion) and Wax (editor).

Hindawi’s Phenom


Journal submission and peer review platform built by the Hindawi team.

Journals publishing and technology organization Hindawi Ltd. has developed a manuscript submission and peer review platform currently in live use. In addition to this, they’ve begun work on additional tools using PubSweet.

Submission and Peer Review – this platform is already live with several Journals and about to scale to 240 Journals.

Hindawi Ltd. have been leading the charge in the Coko community on the multi-tenancy approach.

In addition to submission and peer review, and multi-tenancy, Hindawi Ltd. are also building a QA platform on top of PubSweet. All of the code is open and available to be reused.

It took less than one year for Hindawi Ltd. to develop and begin live use of their platform. They were the first PubSweet Community member to launch with live submissions. After gaining this experience, they decided to add development resource, now with 18 people working on different PubSweet developments for the organization.

Europe PMC Plus

The EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) platform, Europe PMC Plus, is a multiple source post-publish QA system for content aggregation (pushing to EuropePMC). Built by the EBI team with initial design support from Coko.

Europe PMC Plus supports manual input through a submission wizard, as well as batch FTP upload/submission. Although built specifically for their workflow, it is conceivable the platform could be used for any workflow requiring post acceptance/production QA. It will go live in May.

Interesting features include annotations using Nick Stennings Annotator, to QA XML. They are also using Coko’s XSweet for docx to HTML conversion. EBI have built this extremely fast, in a matter of months, with a development team of around four developers.

Libero Reviewer

Manuscript Submission and Peer Review. Built by the eLife team.

eLife chose to begin their development by working toward incremental replacement of a previous system. The first phase is represented by early release of a submission workflow. Today, 60% of all submissions go through their PubSweet submission component. From here, the submission flows into a legacy proprietary system for Peer Review. Interestingly, the content is transferred between the two systems using a MECA bundle, representing the first live use of MECA. Because eLife is building modularly within the community, their MECA component is, of course, is open source and available to anyone building a PubSweet platform.

It took just over one year for eLife to deliver this first critical component to their much larger end-to-end workflow strategy underpinned by PubSweet

Looking forward, eLife’s workflow will be a series of inter-connected PubSweet apps. Any of these apps could be reused by anyone building with PubSweet. Within the community there are a variety of approaches to similar problems, and the multiple app proposition is one example of this. They will name each standalone app with the prefix Libero (eg Libero Publisher, Libero Reviewer etc).

Digital Science

Digital Science‘s has built two platforms with PubSweet. One platform is focused on Award workflows (submission, review, awarding). The second platform is a configurable Journal workflow – this platform currently powers the Physiome Journal.

 

 

 

Publishing platforms currently in Development

  • NCBI Bookshelf

    Currently in production, this platform is built for the NCBI and will replace the current NCBI Bookshelf CMS. This project is built by the Coko Development Team.

  • SimpleJ

    State of the art Journal system built by the Coko team. The platform includes MS Word ingestion, concurrent editing, live chat and video calls.

  • Aperture

    Micropublications platfrom in development for the Organisation for Human Brain mapping. Built by the Coko Development team.

  • Plume

    Platform built for the management of judicial audits for the French Government. Built by the French Government.