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

Kevin Stranack
Kevin Stranack is also the Head of Digital Publishing at SFU Library and Director of the PKP School. He holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Adult Education from the University of Regina. He has been working with PKP since 2005.

Associate Directors

juanpabloalperinsquareJuan Pablo Alperin
Associate Director of Research

Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor at the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and the Associate 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, and he can be found on Twitter at @juancommander.

James MacGregor
Associate Director of Strategic Projects and Services

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 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.

PKP Team

blank-profile Kurt Bolko
System Administrator

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 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.

Dimitris Efstathiou
System Developer

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.

Michael Felczak 
Systems and Development Coordinator, PKP Publishing Services

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

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.

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PKP 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.

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).


Marisa MacDonald
Communications Coordinator

Marisa joined PKP in January 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada) and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).

Patricia Mangahis
Publishing Intern

Patricia has over four years of experience in scholarly publishing. She has worked as a Journals Manager over the past two years, assisting clients with the overall management of their journals, in particular workflow and production. Based in Vancouver, BC, she joined the PKP team in 2019 as an Intern as part of her professional placement in the Masters of Publishing program. Patricia enjoys doing yoga, playing volleyball, and trying out new hobbies on her downtime.

DSC_6971-smallMichael Nason
PKP Publishing Services Associate; Metadata and Crossref Liaison

Mike Nason is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of New Brunswick, as well as a member of the PKP Publishing Services team the expert for all things Crossref and metadata related. 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

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
Services and Support Coordinator; Documentation Interest Group Liaison

Amanda Stevens is a librarian and information manager who is passionate about connecting people with information and resources. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she joined the PKP team in 2017 and coordinates documentation and support for PKP Publishing Services and the broader PKP user community. Amanda spends the rest of her time swimming, DJing, identifying plants, and collectively running a zine library.

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Front-End Developer

Nate Wright is a software developer with PKP working to make its 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, 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)
  • Tim Deliyannides
    Director, Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing and Head, Information Technology
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Clinton Graham
    Systems Developer
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Geoffrey Harder
    Associate University Librarian
    University of Alberta
  • Joy Kirchner
    University Librarian
    York University
  • Kaitlin Newson
    Digital Projects Librarian
    Scholars Portal
  • Tanja Niemann
    Executive Director

PKP Community Leaders

  • Sonya Betz
    University of Alberta
    Usability Coordinator
  • Clinton Graham
    University of Pittsburgh
    Community Forum Leader
  • Clinton Graham
    University of Pittsburgh
    PKP Technical Committee Chair
  • Kaitlin Newson
    Scholars Portal
    PKP Members Committee Chair and
    PKP Documentation Interest Group Coordinator
  • Bronwen Sprout
    University of British Columbia
    PKP PN 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)
  • Samuel Smith Esseh, Researcher
  • 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
  • Brian Owen, PKP Managing Director
  • MJ Suhonos, System Developer
  • Michael Thessel, System Developer