Peerwith announces the availability of a new publishing platform, fully integrated with Peerwith.Systems free, open source tools and Peerwith.com services. We have selected Kotahi, a 100% open source, community-driven, innovative platform for Scholarly Publishing. This technology from Coko will be the core backend editorial and peer-review system, integrated with Peerwith.Systems tools, including the Submission Service, Author Dashboard, and Institutional Cockpit.
Moreover, full integration with services provided by individual experts, through the Peerwith.com marketplace, is a key feature in this project. Services include Manuscript Review, Copy editing, Translation Services, and Scientific Editing. By integrating our services marketplace, we can bring experts’ resources at a highly granular level into the workflow.
Ivo Verbeek, Peerwith Director, comments: “We selected Coko’s Kotahi as a modern, innovative platform and the best match with our requirement for building a fully featured publishing platform from submission to publication. We especially like the Single Source Publishing model where multiple actors – authors, editors, and also Peerwith experts – work on a single source, through the Kotahi workflow-first system.”
Coko founder Adam Hyde is similarly excited about this new collaboration: “Coko exists to build better publishing technology, which is 100% open source and community-driven. When folks we admire like Peerwith choose Coko community products such as Kotahi, it makes it all worthwhile.”
The platform is currently in development and ready for roll-out late March or early April. In fact, we are already running a first implementation project for a new Diamond OA journal publisher with a set of existing journals, as well as new journals being launched later this year. Ivo Verbeek adds: “We believe in the future of Diamond OA publishing – a model that is free-to-publish AND free-to-read. It offers the best value for service and fits perfectly with Peerwith’s service-oriented approach, encompassing services, tools, and system integration.”
In practice, Peerwith adopting Kotahi means that we will be investing development resources in the Kotahi community, adding value through generic new features and connectivity.