John Willinsky
John (Khosla Family Professor of Education, Stanford University) 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).


Associate Directors

Juan Pablo Alperin
Associate Director of Research
Vancouver, BC, Canada – Juan is an Assistant Professor in the Publishing Program at SFU. Follow Juan on Twitter at @juancommander and see his latest publications and presentations at

Alec Smecher
Associate Director of Development
BC, Canada – Alec is the lead developer for all PKP software and the PKP Web Application Library. When not developing software, he conducts workshops, runs marathons, and plays the drums.

Amanda Stevens
Associate Director of Publishing Services
Halifax, NS, Canada – Amanda Stevens joined PKP in 2017 as a Publication Support Specialist and now manages PKP’s fee-based hosting and support service and community support services, such as documentation and the Forum. She has a Master of Library and Information Studies degree and has done a variety of non-traditional library work, including book indexing and alternative subject thesaurus development. Outside of work, she loves to DJ, make zines, swim, and garden.

Operations Management Team

Michael Felczak
Head of Systems


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Head of Platform Experience
Edinburgh, Scotland


Nathalie Vallières
Communications Manager
Canada, USA


Lin Zhang
Budget Coordinator



PKP Team

Vitaliy Bezsheiko
Software Developer
Kyiv, Ukraine


Bozana Bokan
Software Developer



Dimitris Efstathiou
Software Developer
Athens, Greece


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Publication Support Specialist
Halifax, NS, Canada


Gian Jaskulski
Senior Systems Administrator



Josh Noronha
Systems Administrator



Erik Hanson
Software Developer


Mark Jordan
Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Strategy (SFU Library)


Mariya Maistrovskaya
Publication Support Specialist
Toronto, ON, Canada


Patricia Mangahis
Publication Support Specialist


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Publication Support Specialist/Metadata and Crossref Liaison
Fredericton, NB, Canada


Jason Nugent
Senior System Administrator
Fredericton, NB, Canada


Andrea Pritt
Publication Support Specialist
Harrisburg, PA, United States


Janio Sarmento
System Administrator
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil


Kate Shuttleworth
Publication Support Specialist
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Jonas Raoni Soares da Silva
Software Developer
Moscow, Russia


Emma Uhl
Publication Support Specialist
Edmonton, AB, Canada


Alejandra Casas Niño de Rivera 
Publication Support Specialist


Jon Ball
Student Research Associate, Stanford University


Saurabh Khanna
Student Research Associate, Stanford University


Catherine Baron
Student Research Associate, Stanford University


Daniel R Pimentel
Student Research Associate, Stanford University


Miroslav Ivan Suzara
Student Research Associate, Stanford University


Famira Racy
Social Media Assistant, Communications
Alberta, Canada




PKP Advisory Committee

  • Allan Bell, Chair
    Associate University Librarian, Digital Programs and Services
    University of British Columbia
  • Gwen Bird
    Dean of Libraries
    Simon Fraser University
  • Talia Chung
    University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Knowledge Systems)
    University of Ottawa / Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL)
  • Aaron Brenner
    Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship & Creation
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Sonya Betz
    Head, Library Publishing and Digital Production Services
    University of Alberta
  • Geoffrey Harder
    Associate University Librarian
    University of Alberta
  • Kaitlin Newson
    Digital Projects Librarian
    Scholars Portal
  • Tanja Niemann
    Executive Director

PKP Community Leaders

  • Marc Bria
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    PKP Technical Committee Chair
  • Clinton Graham
    University of Pittsburgh
    PKP Community Forum Leader
  • Kaitlin Newson
    Scholars Portal
    PKP Members Committee Chair/PKP Documentation Interest Group (DIG) Coordinator
  • Antti-Jussi Nygård
    The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies
  • Bronwen Sprout
    University of British Columbia
    PKP Preservation Network (PN) Coordinator
  • Marco Tullney
    German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)
  • Dulip Withanage
    German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)

Past Associates

  • Sonya Betz, University of Alberta, Past PKP Technical Committee Chair
  • Bruno Beghelli, System 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)
  • Samuel Smith Esseh, Researcher
  • Florian Grandel, System Developer
  • Kevin Jamieson, first OJS Lead Developer
  • Chris MacDonald, System Developer
  • James MacGregor, Associate Director of Strategic Projects and Services and Interim Managing Director
  • Karen Meijer-Kline, Communications and Member Services Officer
  • Brian Owen, PKP Managing Director
  • MJ Suhonos, System Developer
  • Michael Thessel, System Developer
  • Israel Cefrin, System Administrator/UX Researcher for Accessibility
  • Kevin Stranack, Membership Development & Community Education