PKP Director

John Willinsky

John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education, Stanford University and Professor (Part-Time) Publishing Studies, SFU and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, SFU Library. John started PKP in 1998 at the University of British Columbia in an effort to create greater public and global access to research and scholarship through the use of new publishing technologies. He is the author of, among other books, Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (Minnesota, 1998); Technologies of Knowing (Beacon 2000); and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006).

PKP Managing Director

Brian Owen

Brian Owen is the Associate University Librarian for Processing and Systems at SFU Library. He is an Associate with SFU’s Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, SFU’s Master of Publishing Program, and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). In 2007, Brian received the Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

PKP Technical Architect

Alec Smecher

Alec is the technical architect for the Public Knowledge Project, and lead developer of Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), Open Harvester Systems (OHS), Open Monograph Press (OMP), and the PKP Web Application Library (WAL). When not actively developing PKP software, he runs workshops around the world, runs marathons internationally, and plays drums in a band.

PKP Team

Juan Pablo Alperin
Assistant Professor of Publishing, SFU; Research Associate, PKP

Juan started working with the Public Knowledge Project from his native Argentina in 2007, and has continued to be involved as systems developer, project manager, researcher, and doctoral student from Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, and the US. He leads several of PKP’s R&D and Scholarly Inquiry initiatives around scholarly publishing in Latin America, is in charge of PKP’s Article Level Metrics service, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Publishing Program at SFU.

Bruno Beghelli
System Developer

Bruno lives in Brazil and has a degree in Journalism. Prior to PKP, he worked as a graphic designer, producing both 2D and 3D computer graphics. Bruno joined the project in 2011, firstly participating in graphic design work, but due to an interest in programming and project needs, he has since become a system developer. While not working or playing with his daughter, Bruno likes practicing sports (running, swimming, playing volleyball, mountain bike), reading, playing music and traveling.

Kurt Bolko
System Administrator

Samuel Smith Esseh, Ph.D.
Head, Publishing Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Smith Esseh has delivered publishing workshops across Africa, and conducted research on journal publishing on the continent. He is currently heading the Publishing Studies Department at KNUST and developing online course materials for the PKP School on the editing of scholarly journals.

Michael Felczak 
Publishing Services and Development

Michael has been engaged with online scholarly publishing since 2005 in various capacities as a developer, online editor, and researcher. In addition to helping out with PKP’s publishing services and development, Michael has also taught and published on the societal benefits of open source publishing software, network neutrality, and communication rights in a digital world. Michael holds a PhD and MA in Communication from Simon Fraser University and a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Alex Garnett
System Developer

Alex is a Digital Preservation and Data Curation specialist at SFU. His work with PKP includes document parsing and data archiving research projects, as well as consulting as an unofficial travel agent.

roger gillis photoRoger Gillis
Publishing Services Associate

Based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Roger Gillis provides client support, training, and other forms of support for PKP and PKP publishing services. He is expertise spans a wide variety of areas including: Archives, reference and instruction, information literacy, and library-based publishing initiatives. Roger is a strong believer to pragmatic approaches to open access and providing solutions for researchers to make their research more accessible.

chris greencorn photoChris Greencorn
Publishing Services Associate

Chris is an honours student in history and music at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He is also the founding editor of an open access student history journal called The Killick, and maintains StFX’s OJS installation. Chris is the newest member of the PKP team and will provide basic support for PKP|PS clients.

Mark Jordan
Head of Library Systems, Simon Fraser University Library

Mark is Head of Library Systems at SFU. His interests include repository platforms, content management frameworks, and metadata aggregation and reuse. Mark is also the author of Putting Content Online: A Practical Guide for Libraries (Chandos, 2006).

James MacGregor
PKP Publishing Services Coordinator

Formerly of the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick, James is Public Knowledge Project’s Publishing Services Coordinator, helping to organize the Project’s various hosting and consultation initiatives. He is based, roughly, in Vancouver.

DSC_6971-smallMichael Nason
Publishing Services Associate

Mike Nason is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of New Brunswick, as well as a member of the PKP Publishing Services team. His work at UNB is chiefly focused on content recruitment for – and the population of – their new Institutional Repository as well as other day-to-day initiatives like open access literacy, speaking with faculty about author’s rights and sharing research, helping with UNB’s Journals operation, and generally avoiding emails. Whatever time is left, Mike spends on bicycles, playing in bands, and answering trouble tickets.

 Jason Nugent
System Developer

Jason came to PKP by way of the University of New Brunswick, where he was the senior software developer at the ETC for nearly 10 years. In addition to being a PKP developer, he is a professional expedition photographer and the technical services manager for F-Stop Gear. He has adventured in nearly 90 countries, races bikes, and holds an honours degree in Chemistry. He is obsessed with all things Scandinavia.

Raasch-AngelaAngela Raasch
Manager of Finance

Angela has worked as the Manager of Administrative Services for the SFU Library since 2003 and has assisted the Public Knowledge Project Team since 2004. In September 2014, she officially joined the Public Knowledge Project Team as the Manager of Finance and Budget Coordinator for SFU Library.

Kevin Stranack
Education Co-ordinator

Kevin has been a member of the PKP Team since 2005. He received his Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2002 and his Master of Adult Education from the University of Regina in 2013.

Nate WrightNate Wright
Front-End Developer

Nate Wright is a software developer with PKP working to make it’s publishing suite more user-friendly without destroying everything in the process. He has a background in International Relations and worked briefly as a journalist in the Middle East before settling in Edinburgh, where he ponders existential questions like “will my dog tear the house apart if I don’t take him for a walk today?”

PKP Development Associates

  • Bozana Bokan, Freie Universität Berlin projects
  • Marc Bria Ramírez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Marco Tullney, PKP Translation Management Coordinator
  • Jen Whitney, Dataverse Project

PKP Research Associates

  • Silvio Carvalho Neto, Centro Universitário de Franca, Brazil
  • Gustavo Fischman, Arizona State University
  • Cheryl Holzmeyer, Stanford University
  • Lauren Maggio, Stanford University
  • Laura Moorhead, Stanford University

Past Associates

  • Lynn Copeland, University Librarian and Dean of Library Services, Simon Fraser University Library (Retired)
  • Matt Crider, System Developer
  • Charles Eckman, University Librarian and Dean of Library Services, Simon Fraser University Library (2010-2013)
  • Florian Grandel, System Developer
  • Kevin Jamieson, first OJS Lead Developer
  • Chris MacDonald, System Developer
  • Karen Meijer-Kline, Communications and Member Services Officer
  • MJ Suhonos, System Developer
  • Michael Thessel, System Developer