People

PKP Director

John Willinsky
john.willinsky@stanford.edu

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
gwbowen@sfu.ca

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).


Associate Directors


juanpabloalperinsquareJuan Pablo Alperin
Associate Faculty Director of Research
juan@alperin.ca

Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor at the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and the Associate Faculty Director of Research with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. He believes that research, especially when it is made freely available (as so much of today’s work is), has the potential to make meaningful and direct contributions to society, and that it is our responsibility as the creators of this research to ensure we understand the mechanisms, networks, and mediums through which our work is discussed and used. A list of his publications and presentations can be found at http://alperin.ca/cv, and he can be found on Twitter at @juancommander.

James MacGregor
Associate Director of Strategic Projects and Services
jmacgreg@gmail.com

James has been working with PKP since late 2007, and has dabbled in documentation writing, development, support, and outreach. His recent focus is on infrastructure building and larger service and project management. He is based in Vancouver or Nova Scotia, depending.

Alec Smecher
Associate Director of Development
alec@smecher.bc.ca

Alec is the 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.

Kevin Stranack
Associate Director for Community Engagement & Learning
kstranac@sfu.ca

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.


PKP Team

Bozana Bokan
System Developer
bozana.bokan@posteo.net

Božana is a software developer with PKP. She’s been involved with OJS since 2.0 and, as a part of her work at the Freie Universität Berlin, she has been involved with the PKP community for a long time before formally joining the PKP team in November 2015. Besides OJS and PKP she likes helping people, the outdoors, yoga and dancing.

blank-profile Kurt Bolko
System Administrator
kab16@sfu.ca

Kurt is a system administrator with the SFU Library, and works closely with the PKP Publishing Services team.

Israel Cefrin
Publications and Support Specialist
israel.cefrin@gmail.com

Israel has a mixed background in Communication and IT. He works with Web development since 1996, with online scholarly publishing since 2002, and OJS since 2007. Furthermore, he holds a Bachelor in Advertising, a MA in Design, and is a PhD candidate in this area. Based out of Porto Alegre/Brazil, he has collaborated with public Research Institution and Universities on OJS management and support.

blank-profile Jordan Cloutier
System Administrator
jordan.cloutier@gmail.com

Jordan is a system administrator with PKP, and also works closely with the PKP Publishing Services team.

Dimitris Efstathiou
System Developer
defstat@gmail.com

For the last 3 years, Dimitris develops and supports scholarly electronic publication services for the National Documentation Centre, corresponding to the growing publishing needs of the Hellenic academic community. OJS and OMP being the backbone of the service’s infrastructure, he has been actively involved with the PKP community, and can’t wait to be part of the further expansion of PKP’s products.

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

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 
PKP Publishing Services Coordinator
michael.pkp@gmail.com

Michael has been engaged with online scholarly publishing since 2005 in various capacities as a developer, online editor, and researcher. In addition to managing 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
axfelix@gmail.com

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
PKP Publishing Services Associate
roger.gillis@gmail.com

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.

Mark Jordan
Head of Library Systems, Simon Fraser University Library
mjordan@sfu.ca

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).

Kassim Machioudi
System Developer
kassim@machioudi.com

Kassim has over 10 years of experience in web and software development. He’s passionate about Web, open source, information retrieval and data science. Before joining PKP, he worked for Université de Moncton, University of New-Brunswick and Polytechnique Montreal.

DSC_6971-smallMichael Nason
PKP Publishing Services Associate; Coordinator, PKP Documentation Interest Group
michael.nason@gmail.com

Mike Nason is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of New Brunswick, as well as a member of the PKP Publishing Services team and coordinator of the PKP Documentation Interest Group. 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.

Raasch-AngelaAngela Raasch
Manager of Finance
araasch@sfu.ca

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.

Amanda Stevens
Publications and Support Specialist
amanda@curiousconsulting.com

Amanda Stevens is a librarian and information management consultant who is passionate about connecting people with information and resources. Based in Halifax, she joined the PKP team as a part-time Publications and Support Specialist in 2017. She spends the rest of her time creating alternative controlled vocabularies, indexing books, collectively running a zine library, swimming, DJing, and identifying plants.

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 Advisory Committee

  • Allan Bell
    Associate University Librarian, Digital Programs and Services
    University of British Columbia
  • Gwen Bird
    Dean of Libraries
    Simon Fraser University
  • Tim Deliyannides, Chair
    Director, Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing and Head, Information Technology
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Geoff Harder
    Associate University Librarian
    University of Alberta
  • Joy Kirchner
    University Librarian
    York University

PKP Community Leaders

  • Sonya Betz
    University of Alberta
    Usability Coordinator
  • Vanessa Gabler
    University of Pittsburgh
    PKP Members Committee Co-Chair
  • Clinton Graham
    University of Pittsburgh
    Community Forum Leader
  • Jeanette Hatherill
    University of Ottawa
    PKP Technical Committee Chair
  • Jessica Lange
    McGill University
    PKP Members Committee Co-Chair
  • Michael Nason
    University of New Brunswick
    PKP Documentation Interest Group Coordinator
  • Bronwen Sprout
    University of British Columbia
    LOCKSS Coordinator
  • Marco Tullney
    Translation Coordinator

PKP Research Associates

  • Silvio Carvalho Neto, Centro Universitário de Franca, Brazil
  • Gustavo Fischman, Arizona State University

PKP Student Associates

  • Janna Avon, University of British Columbia
  • Khaled Diab, Simon Fraser University
  • Sebastian Galvez, Stanford University
  • Sazzad Hussain, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Kamran Naim, Stanford University
  • Fariha Naz, Simon Fraser University
  • Joseph Nicolls, Stanford University
  • Andrea Pritt, University of Pittsburgh
  • Matthew Rusk, Stanford University

Past Associates

  • Bruno Beghelli, Systems Developer
  • 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
  • Jason Nugent, Systems Developer
  • MJ Suhonos, System Developer
  • Michael Thessel, System Developer