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Against the Grain v34#2

Allen Jones

Allen Jones

Director, Digital Library & Technical Services
The New School
66 West 12th Street, Room 409
New York, NY  10011
Phone:  (212) 229-5309

Born and lived:  Cleveland, OH, Pittburgh PA, and Brooklyn, NY.

Professional career and activities:  Current Chair, Ex Libris Users of North America, Co-Convener, Subject Matter Experts for ReShare.

Family:  Daughter.

Favorite books:  The Man in the High Castle.

Philosophy:  Christian Existentialist.

Most memorable career achievement:  (Before now?) Working on the new AngularJS based Primo User Interface Working Group, working on the ISO18626 Working Group for Interlibrary lending information standards.

Goal I hope to achieve five years from now:  Controlled Digital Lending.

How/where do I see the industry in five years:  I see the industry moving towards collective action for metadata functions such as authority work and cataloging.  Hopefully, the war about open data vs. open source software will resolve itself into a middleground where we speak about terms of use.  I also see the sharing of licensed material being a more widely accepted practice.

Michele Avissar-Whiting

Michele Avissar-Whiting

Editor in Chief
Research Square
601 West Main Street, Suite 102
Durham, NC  27701

Born and lived:  Born in Be’er Sheva, Israel;  grew up in Rhode Island.

In my spare time:  Play guitar and bake macarons.

Favorite books:  Nonfiction about biology, sociology, and philosophy and sci-fi — especially dystopian themes!  My favorite recent read is Machines Like Me (Ian McEwan).

Philosophy:  “The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility.” — TS Eliot

How/where do I see the industry in five years:  Like every other industry, I expect that ours will be in a state of transformation in five years, specifically being augmented by AI and blockchain technologies.  AI will help offset the time spent on less cerebral functions in the screening and vetting of research:  conducting first pass assessments of clarity and completeness, matching reviewers to content, and detecting potential fraud — all with great speed and specificity.  Blockchain has the potential to solve a lot of problems in scholarly publishing:  from establishing provenance (especially important in the age of preprints) to, improving transparency in peer review, linking individuals unambiguously to their activities (grants, publications, etc), optimizing and securing data storage, and creating new incentive structures through tokens.


Book Oven Inc. (Pressbooks)

5333 Casgrain Avenue, Suite 202
Montreal, Quebec H2T 1X3

Officers:  Chief Executive Officer, Hugh McGuire; Chief Operating Officer, Başak Büyükçelen.

Association memberships, etc.:  EDUCAUSE

Key products and services:  

Pressbooks Directory

Pressbooks Authoring & Editing Platform

Pressbooks Results for LMS

Products page:  https://pressbooks.com/our-products/ 

Core markets/clientele:  Libraries and Centers for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education Institutions, primarily located in North America.

Number of employees:  16

History and brief description of your company/publishing program:  Pressbooks was founded in 2011 by Hugh McGuire.  The core open-source product, Pressbooks Authoring & Editing Platform, was designed to support self-publishing by making it easy for individuals to create books in multiple formats.  In the mid-2010s, Pressbooks became a popular software for the publishing of open textbooks.  Since then, Pressbooks has advocated for the creation, adaptation, and sharing of open educational resources, working closely with librarians and instructional designers to iterate on the core product to respond to the various needs of teaching faculty.  Today Pressbooks offers three main products:  Pressbooks Directory, a referatory of over 3000 free and public books created by Pressbooks users;  Pressbooks Authoring & Editing Platform, a tool for the creation of open books;  and Pressbooks Results for LMS, a secure method of connecting Pressbooks books to a learning management systems via LTI 1.3. 

Is there anything else that you think would be of interest to our readers?  Pressbooks has a sister company, Rebus Foundation.  We share a founder, Hugh McGuire, but are not affiliated.


Michigan Publishing
839 Greene Street
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Phone:  (734) 936 0452

Affiliated products:  ACLS Humanities Ebook Collection, University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection, BAR Digital Collection.

Key People:  Jeremy Morse, Platform Manager;  Melissa Baker-Young, Project Manager;  Jon McGlone, Digital Product Design Engineer;  Jason Colman, Head of Publishing Services;  Tim Belch, Web Developer;  Conor O’Malley, Application Programmer; Seth Johnson, Applications Programmer. 

Key products and services:  Infrastructure and services for mission-driven publishers.

Core markets/clientele:  Small- and mid-sized academic book publishers.

History and brief description of your company/publishing program:  Fulcrum is an open-source publishing platform developed and maintained by the University of Michigan Library.  It delivers over 10,000 eBooks from more than 125 publishers to over 700 libraries around the world.  It exists to support new forms of interactive scholarly works by scholars in the humanities, especially those who still believe in the monograph as core to their research and teaching.

Is there anything else that you think would be of interest to our readers?  While the libraries that established and support Lever Press (https://www.leverpress.org/) have been key advisors on the development of Fulcrum, the connection between a lever and the fulcrum on which it pivots is entirely coincidental. 

Public Knowledge Project 

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
Phone:  (778) 782-3111

Officers:  John Willinsky, Founding Director

Association memberships, etc.:  ORCiD, Crossref, OASPA, etc. 

Key products and services:  Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, Open Preprint Systems. 

Core markets/clientele: Libraries, societies, publishers, independent scholar-editors.  

Number of employees:  35

History and brief description of your company/publishing program:  The Public Knowledge Project was founded in 1998 at the University of British Columbia and has been operating as a research and development unit within Simon Fraser University Libraries since 2005.  PKP develops and supports open source software systems that manage the complete scholarly publishing workflow, from submission through peer-review and on to publication and indexing;  it conducts scholarly communication research on questions of open access and open science.  PKP’s software systems and associated services are used by groups of scholars, research libraries, scholarly societies, university presses, and publishers, working in multiple languages around the globe, while its research appears in leading journals and with key university presses.

Research Square Company

601 W Main Street #102
Durham, NC  27701
Phone:  (919) 704-4253

Affiliated companies:  Research Square, AJE (American Journal Experts), Springer Nature.

Officers:  Rachel Burley, President;  Shashi Mudunuri, Founder and CEO.

Association memberships, etc.:  Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP).

Key products and services:  

English Language Editing

Digital (AI-based) Editing

Translation Services

Reporting Standards Badges

Grant Services 

Journal Selection/Recommendation Services

Formatting Services

Figure Preparation Services

Research Promotion Services

Core markets/clientele:  


Academic and Research Institutions

Scholarly Publishers

Number of employees:  300+

History and brief description of your company/publishing program:  

About Research Square Company

Research Square Company, a five-time INC 5000 award winner, exists to make research communication faster, fairer, and more useful.  Through our industry leading preprint platform, Research Square, research promotion tools, and AJE’s comprehensive suite of manuscript preparation services, we are proud to have supported over 2.5 million authors in 192 countries since our founding in 2004.  Across all sides of our business, our team of former researchers and publishing industry professionals truly understand the importance of sharing research results with the world.  By helping researchers communicate their work more effectively, we accelerate the pace of global discovery and advancement. 

About Research Square and AJE

Research Square and AJE, both divisions of Research Square Company, exist to make research communication faster, fairer, and more useful.  Through a comprehensive suite of manuscript preparation services, our industry-leading preprint platform, and research promotion tools, we are proud to have supported over 2.5 million authors in 192 countries since our founding in 2004.  


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