Advisory Board

Jan Erik Frantsvåg

Jan is an Open Access Adviser  at UiT The Arctic University of Norway working full-time on various Open Access activities and projects. He is WP lead in the EU project DIAMAS. He is currently working on expanding the activities of Septentrio Academic Publishing, our journal publishing infrastructure currently publishing six OA journals.  

Previously, Jan Erik was Manager of the university's OA publication fund, a member of DOAJ Advisory Board, and a participant in the consortium  that delivered the OA Diamond report. He participated in the EU-financed OpenAIRE and OpenAIREplus projects. He also participated in the project RoMEO for Norge ("A Norwegian RoMEO") working to gathering self-archiving information from Norwegian publishers/publication and inputting this into SHERPA/RoMEO.

Jan Erik was the Norwegian member of the board of ScieCom Info, an OA journal about OA in the Nordic and Baltic countries.  He was Chairman of the board of SPARC Europe, and a member of CRIStin's national expert group on OA.  He writes and speaks on Open Access and related issues locally, nationally, and internationally.


Dr Arianna Becerril García

Arianna is a full-time professor-researcher at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM). Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) of Mexico. She holds a PhD and MSc in Computer Science, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. And she holds a BA in Computer Engineering, UAEM. She’s part of the founding team of the Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal ( where she is the current Executive Director. Dr Becerril is founder and president of AmeliCA Conocimiento Abierto S.C. She’s co-founder of Red Mexicana de Repositorios Institucionales (“Mexican Network of Institutional Repositories”). She’s member of the steering committee of Invest In Open Infrastructure (IOI), and board member in The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), she is also part of the council of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Professor Arianna has participated in numerous national and international conferences. Her research interests are Open Access, technologies for scholarly publishing, Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Web and Linked Open Data. She has been invited as a keynote speaker in presentations such as: ‘The value of the scholarly-led, non-profit business model to achieve Open Access and scholarly publishing beyond APC: the AmeliCA’s cooperative approach’ at the Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing in Tromsø, Norway; ‘Academy- owned non-profit scholarly and library publishing leveraged by semantic technologies: a strategy to achieve an inclusive and sustainable science communication ecosystem’, keynote address at Library Publishing Forum, Vancouver, Canada; and in events such as Deuxièmes Journées Nationales de la Science Ouverte, Paris, France; SPARC Africa Open Access Symposium 2019, South Africa; Open Access in a global perspective at KU Leuven, 14th Berlin Debate on Science and Science Policy, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Berlin, Germany; Encontro de Ciência Aberta da CAPES, Ministério de Educação, Brasil; WSIS Forum 2019, UNESCO, Geneva, Switzerland.


Arthur "A.J." Boston 

Arthur is Associate Professor and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Murray State University and coordinator for the Office of Research and Creative Activity. Currently, Boston serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication and is completing work on the Scholarly Communication Notebook (

 Previously, Boston served as a Library Publishing Coalition Fellow (2019-2021), SPARC COAPI Steering Committee Member (2021-2022). Boston's writings, presentations, and advocacy encompass topics in scholarly communication and open access. For more information about his scholarship, visit


Niamh Brennan 

Niamh is the Chief Evangelist in the IOAP;  Programme Manager Research Informatics in Trinity College Dublin where she works on research reporting, evaluation and impact. She is responsible for the development of Trinity’s CRIS (Research Support System) and its institutional repository, TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive). Niamh is a member of several national and international groups working on open access to research outputs and enabling their improved reporting, retrieval and evaluation. These include NORF, Ireland’s National Open Research Forum (which represents all Irish funding councils and research agencies and institutions) and DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses Europe). She manages Ireland’s National Open Access Desk in TCD as Irish partner in OpenAIRE Advance (Horizon2020). She is a member of the management councils of two key Irish journals in economics and social sciences, is project manager of TCD’s SOAPbox (Student Open Access Publishing Project) and has partnered in a number of research projects in digital humanities, international development and social sciences. 


Kevin Stranack 

Kevin is the Director of Operations for the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. He holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Adult Education from the University of Regina, and a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University. 


Graham Stone 

Graham Stone is Jisc’s subject matter expert for OA monographs. He is the lead for communications on OA monographs within Jisc and with members and stakeholders and is responsible for developing and managing strategic relationships in the UK and internationally ensuring that the activities of Jisc align with the implementation of funders OA monograph policies and other global initiatives. He is the UK representative for OPERAS, the European Research Infrastructure for the development of open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities and leads Jisc’s work for the Research England and Arcadia funded COPIM project.

Previously, Graham managed a cross team research unit supporting the evaluation and negotiation of Jisc Collections agreements and OA services. He also worked in the university sector for 23 years manging library resources budgets, OA services and a University Press. He is a Chartered Librarian, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a professional doctorate for research on New University Press publishing. He is co-author of Techniques for Electronic Resource Management: TERMS and the Transition to Open.


Sonya Betz 

Sonya is the Head, Library Publishing and Digital Production Services at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, which supports more than 60 diamond Open Access journals through its non-commercial, scholar-led publishing program. Sonya has worked in academic libraries for more than 15 years, and is deeply interested in seeking ways to promote and sustain not-for-profit approaches to scholarly publishing and open access. She is an active member of the Library Publishing Coalition, a partner on the IMLS-funded Library Publishing Workflows Project, and recent past Chair of the Public Knowledge Project's Technical Committee.

Dr. Dasapta Erwin Irawan 

Das is Assistant Professor in Hydrogeology. He is working as an active researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Technology, Institut Teknologi Bandung. He focuses his research on translating hydrochemical data to understand the underlying hydrogeological system. He is also actively participating in promoting open science movement and the importance of science communications to Indonesia's research ecosystem.

Various national and international talks have been delivered by him to raise the awareness of freedom in research and publishing. In 2017 with some diverse colleagues, he created the INArxiv as the first preprint server of Indonesia ( with the support of the Center for Open Science. Then under a collaboration with Indonesia Science Institute (LIPI) and Indonesia Open Science Team, he also led the initiation of RINarxiv ( Currently he actively serves as a member of the advisory board for ON-MERRIT, Open Knowledge Maps, Researcher to Reader Conference, and Team member of AsapBio. You can see list of his works on ORCID.

Jane Burns, MBA, MLIS, MPhil, FLAI.

Jane is the Director of the Regional University Network (RUN-EU) at the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS).  Jane has a wealth of employment experiences from a number of Irish Higher Education Institutions, Research Bodies, the Private Sector She is an experienced Librarian, University Lecturer and CPD facilitator. Jane holds Fellowship Membership with the Library Association of Ireland where she is a Member of the Executive Council. Jane is also a Steering Group Member of the National Open Research Steering Group. Jane is involved in Equality and Diversity at TUS and nationally as an Aurora Champion and role Model. She has recently been appointed to the National Aurora Advisory Group.  Jane is currently a PhD candidate at Dublin City University where she is exploring the areas of Graphicacy & Graphic Medicine.


Dr. Samuel A. Moore 

Samuel is a scholarly communication specialist at Cambridge University Library and a research associate at Homerton College. His research in information studies explores the ethics and politics of scholarly communication. He has a Ph.D in Digital Humanities from King’s College London and over a decade’s experience as a publisher, educator and researcher specialising in open access and academic publishing. He is also one of the organisers of the Radical Open Access Collective. 


Dr Laura Rascaroli 

Laura is Professor in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, Ireland. Her research interests span European and world cinemas; experimental nonfiction, the essay film, and first-person cinemas; artist film and the post-medium moving image; film space and geopolitics; and the politics of form. She is the author of five monographs including How the Essay Film Thinks (Oxford UP, 2017), The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (Wallflower, 2009), and Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (Wallflower, 2006), and the editor of four collections including Theorizing Film Through Contemporary Art: Expanding Cinema (Amsterdam UP, 2020) and Antonioni: Centenary Essays (British Film Institute, 2011). Her work has been translated into several languages. She is Editor-in-Chief of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.


Dave S. Ghamandi 

Dave is the Open Publishing Librarian at the University of Virginia. He is also Managing Editor of Aperio, the university’s open access press. Dave leads all aspects of the press, which focuses on peer-reviewed, high-quality academic journals. He also provides consultations on scholarly publishing to the university community. 

Dave maintains an active research agenda that explores the political economy of open access and scholarly communication and utilizes theoretical frameworks that challenge dominant paradigms. He is an invited speaker, writer, and serves on multiple boards and grant projects. Some of his writing is available at


Rachael Sarsfield Ryan

Rachel is the Development Coordinator for the National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP). As the Development Coordinator, Rachael works to support and expand NStEP's Student Training Programme, to identify and develop resources for students and staff to ensure the successful implementation of the programme strategy, to manage the National Student Quality Assurance Reviewers Pool alongside Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), and to support NStEP's Programme Manager in day-to-day operations. 

Previously, Rachael was the Institute of Art, Design and Technology Students' Union (IADTSU) Deputy President and Education Officer (2020 - 2022). IADTSU is the representative body for the students of IADT, elected and answerable to IADT's students. Her role aimed to support students in their academic careers by representing them at a local and national level. This involved, but was not limited to - casework, liaising with Institute staff, and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), sitting on internal and external committees and running campaigns

Dr Manfred Schewe 

Manfred is Professor Emeritus at University College Cork (UCC) where he served as Head of a Language Department (German) and also as Head of Theatre. He paved the way for Scenario Project at UCC which encompasses a journal (founded in 2007), a book series and a forum for international conferences, symposia and colloquia. His teaching and interdisciplinary research activities focus on Applied Drama and Theatre, especially on performative approaches to Language, Literature and Culture. He continues to give lectures, lead workshops for institutions and professional associations in different parts of the world. A recent project was based on the book ON THE SOFTENING OF OUR WORLD (Vol. V in the Scenario Book Series) and involved the organisation of a Public Reading/Discussion event at the Everyman Theatre, Cork – ).

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Brandon Locke 

Brandon is Assistant Facilitator for the Library Publishing Coalition and Project Manager for Library Publishing Workflows. He also works on several scholarly communications and digital scholarship projects for Educopia. Before joining Educopia, Brandon worked for several years in digital scholarship at Michigan State University. He received an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MA in American History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Samir Hachani 

Samir is Professor at the School of Library and Information Science , AbulKacem SaadAllah University (University of Algiers 2). I hold a PhD from the School of Library and Information Science, AbulKacem SaadAllah University and a Master of Science in Library Science from The School of Library and Information Management ( SLIM) – University of Southern California – ( USC) – Los Angeles .I am currently involved nationally in various programs geared at promoting open access and its different implementation at the academic level. I previously held different appointment at my university for promoting and progressive use of English at the academic level. 

At the regional level, I am member of the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) and expert member for the RISOHA (Réseau Interdisciplinaire d’Information et d’Echanges sur la Science Ouverte en Haïti et en Afrique francophone –Information and Exchange Interdisciplinary Network on Open Science in Haiti and French speaking Africa) and member of the Governing Board and of the Editorial and Scientific Committee for the Association Science et Bien Commun. At the international level, 

I am Member of Open Editions scientific committee, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique ( France). I am an active member of the Program Committee for FORCE 11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI) and Member of The Committee On Publication Ethics  ( C.O.P.E.) and also member of The Editorial Board of The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication ( J.L.S.C.) - Iowa State University Digital Press. My main area of expertise revolves around Open Access especially its influence and implementation in The Global South and the scourge of predatory  publishing and its negative impact on science and its dissemination in the Global South.  

My other area of expertise and interest is Peer Review and its openness (O.P.R.). I have also investigated gender disparity in scholarly communication and digital divide.


Bernie Folan 

Bernie has worked in scholarly publishing for over thirty years. She is OASPA‘s (Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association) Communications, Engagement and Outreach Manager. She also manages communications for C4DISC (The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications) part-time. OASPA is one of the founding members of C4DISC.

Prior to joining OASPA, Bernie worked for six years as an independent consultant providing market research, marketing strategy and customer insight services to scholarly publishers and societies. Before that she worked in various marketing management roles with academic publisher SAGE, working closely with researchers, librarians, and the wider scholarly and scientific community. 

She is passionate about improving access to scholarly research outcomes and has contributed to scholarly communication events and written on industry matters with an aim to improve understanding of existing needs and challenges.


Judith Barnsby

Judith Head of Editorial,  Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Judith has 25 years of experience in the scholarly publishing industry, working for a range of non-profit society publishers and service providers before joining DOAJ. 

She has a keen interest in publishing standards and protocols and has served on the board of CLOCKSS and as chair of the PALS (publisher and library solutions) working group in the UK. Judith loves books, especially detective fiction, and volunteers in her local library.