This is the first blog post in an expected three-part series in which openjournalsystems.com responds to the Public Knowledge Project, makers of the Open Journal Systems software.
“What is this about? We are currently examining the review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) process in the United States and Canada. At this point, very little is known about what RPT documents contain, but we believe that changes in these documents can lead to a greater opening of research. …Can I help? Yes! Below is a list of the institutions in our sample. If you don’t see an X, it means we still need a departmental or faculty guideline from that institution/discipline!….”
“Since 1998, PKP has been the source, developer, and maintainer of Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Monograph Press, Open Conference Systems, Open Harvester Systems, and related software and services. PKP, which has been based at the SFU Library since 2005, is responsible for coordinating all of the ongoing development and releases of the software, and operating related services such as the PKP Community Support Forum….In the Fall of 2013, an online OJS journal hosting service — openjournalsystems dot com — appeared in Phoenix, Arizona. Paxter is the company offering this service and the sole registered owner of Paxter is Ben Amini (see Arizona Corporation Commission entry). Mr. Amini uses the online and public persona of David Green who is generally identified as Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of openjournalsystems dot com….Since 2013, PKP, its team members, and individuals in our user community have been subjected to defamatory statements, online harassment, cyber-bullying, and other actions that have originated from Mr. Amini, his aliases (such as David Green) and Paxter. We have been collectively and personally accused of having done all sorts of inappropriate and even illegal acts, including claims that PKP is attempting to destroy the business of Paxter (even though this business relies on the open source software PKP maintains). All of these accusations are wholly unfounded. PKP has made the decision to now say so publicly in order to set the record straight….By choosing openjournalsystems dot com as the name for his OJS hosting services, Mr. Amini has caused considerable confusion within the PKP community. Many have assumed his operation is connected in some way with PKP. We want to be very clear that PKP is not associated in any way with openjournalsystems dot com or the company behind it (Paxter LLC)….PKP has decided that it is time to take an open and public approach regarding Mr. Amini’s conduct. We are sharing with the entire PKP community our side of what has been a one-sided narrative until now. While we are acutely aware of the limitations of legal tools in maintaining a civil cyberspace, we are prepared to defend PKP and its staff against these unfounded accusations by addressing any of the claims made by Mr. Amini in an open manner. His behaviour is the antithesis of everything that PKP and our user community represents.”