Technical Committee

Terms of Reference


The Technical Committee will make decisions, recommend action, and oversee activities that enable the realization of the following objectives:

  • Sustainability of PKP software
  • Positioning of PKP software as useful for scholar-led, independent publishing
  • Emphasizing the open and collaborative character of PKP software
    • Built on free/libre ethical principles
    • Built via inclusive and collaborative community effort
    • Built towards shared knowledge as a public good

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical input and advice on PKP’s software development methodologies and priorities
  • Undertake specific technical assignments on behalf of PKP
  • Monitor and support the development and release progress of PKP software
  • Recommend technical priorities to PKP and to the Advisory Committee
  • Track the latest discussions and current state of scientific publishing in order to align PKP products with emerging ideas


  • Chair, selected by Advisory Committee (on the advice of the Technical Committee)
  • PKP Liaison
  • Up to one (1) representative from each of the Development Partners
  • Up to three (3) members from the Members Committee
  • Up to three (3) additional members
  • Discretion to invite other staff or community members to participate for specific topics


  • Two year terms, starting April 1
  • Renewable 
  • Members wishing to renew their membership on the Technical Committee will notify the Chair of their intent two months prior to the expiration of their term.

Chair Selection

  • Call for nominations will go out to committee members via email from the outgoing chair
  • Responses will be sent, in confidence, to the outgoing chair
  • If more than one nominee accepts the nomination, an election will be held, with members sending their preferred choice in confidence, via email, to the outgoing chair
  • The nominee with a majority of votes will be selected
  • In the event of a tie, the PKP Managing Director will make the decision
  • The selected nominee will be approved by the PKP Advisory Committee


  • Monthly
  • Additional meetings can be scheduled as needed


Current Members

  • Sonya Betz (Chair, University of Alberta) [2018 -] 
  • Marc Bria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) [2013-]
  • Clinton Graham (University of Pittsburgh) [2014-]
  • Alex Mendonça (SciELO) [2017-]
  • Antti-Jussi Nygård (at-large member) [2020-]
  • Alec Smecher (PKP)
  • Ronald Steffen (Free University Berlin)
  • Marco Tullney (at-large member)
  • Dulip Withanage (TIB Hannover) [2015-]