Juan Pablo Alperin

Assistant Professor

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PhD Education, Stanford University
Multidisciplinary Studies in Education 2015
Masters of Arts, University of Waterloo
Geography 2008
Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Waterloo
Computer Science Honours, Combinatorics & Optimization Minor 2003

Professional Affiliations

Assistant Professor
Simon Fraser University
Associate Director of Research
Public Knowledge Project
Scholarly Communications Lab

Research Interests

  1. scholarly communication
  2. public’s use of research
  3. open science
  4. open access
  5. higher education
  6. societal impact of research
  7. altmetrics
  8. publishing technologies


Seminar Courses

PUB802: Technology and the Evolving Forms of Publishing, Graduate link 2014–2018

PUB401: Technology and the Evolving Book, Undergraduate link 2014–2015

Project Courses

PUB607: Publishing Technology Project, Graduate link 2014–2017

Lecture Courses

PUB101: Publication of Self in Everyday Life, Undergraduate 2014

Public Lectures

Does our research serve the public, or only ourselves?, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign link Mar. 2017

Escribir para Publicar, National University de Colombia Nov. 2014

The Emergence of Latin American Science, University of Costa Rica Mar. 2012

Guest Lectures

The Public Knowledge Project and Open Journal Systems, Scholarly Communications, University of British Columbia

The Open Movements, Messages, Modalities and Media, Ryerson University __

The Global Picture of the Web, The Publication of Self in Everyday Life, Simon Fraser University 2015, 2018, 2019

Section Leader

STS1: The Public Life of Science Technology & Society 2013


Web Annotation as Critical Humanities Practice, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria 2018

Identifying audiences on Twitter, FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Summer Institute, San Diego University 2017

Web Scraping in Python, Stanford University 2013

Latin American Open Access Publishing Workshop Series, nine countries 2007-2010

Grant Funding


Alperin, J.P. et al. President’s Dream Colloquium: Making Knowledge Public. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). total award: C$10,000 2018-2019

Alperin, P. et al., President’s Dream Colloquium: Making Knowledge Public. President’s Office, SFU. total award: C$25,000 2018-2019

Alperin, J.P. Establishing the Scholarly Communications Lab. President’s Research Start Up Grant, SFU. total award: C$100,000 2017-2020

Alperin, J.P. et al. Understanding Societal Impact of Research through Social Media. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). total award: C$217,401 2016-2019

Alperin, J.P., et al. Assessing Current Practices in Academic Review, Promotion, and Tenure Across the U.S. and Canada. Open Society Foundations. total award: C$146,612 2016-2019

Larivière, V. et al. (Collaborator). Open Science: Social Science & Humanities Cyberinfrastructure, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). total award: C$4,340,315 2016-2018


Alperin, J.P. et al. Sustaining Open Access’ Most Widely Used Publishing Software. Laura and John Arnold Foundation. total award: C$89,295 2017-2018

Alperin, J.P. & Riedlinger, M. Mapping the new landscape of science communication in Canada. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). total award: C$23,596 2017-2018

Willinsky, J., Garnett, A. & Alperin, J.P.. Smarter Scholarly Texts. MediaX (Stanford University). total award: U$250,000 2012-2017

Reilly, K.M.A. & Alperin, J.P.. Engaging Publics in Openness Initiatives. SIRCA-IDRC. total award: U$15,950 2015-2016

Alperin, J.P. & Nicholson, J. Incentivizing Open Peer-Review. OpenAire, total award: €27,600 2015-2016

Owen, B., Garnett, A., Alperin, J.P., & Stranack, K. Smarter Texts for Advancing Public Knowledge. Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). total award: C$75,000 2015-2016

Alperin, J.P. & Babini, D. Open Access indicators: Assessing growth and use of OA resources from developing regions. UNESCO. total award: U$50,000 2013-2014

Willinsky, J., Fischman, G.E., & Alperin. J.P.. Quality in the Open Scholarly Communication of Latin America. International Development Research Centre (IDRC). total award: U$350,000 2011-2014

Willinsky, J., Fischman, G.E., & Alperin. J.P.. Strengthening Scholarly Communication in Latin America. International Development Research Centre (IDRC). total award: U$50,000 2007-2009


Alperin, J.P. Encouraging and Supporting Discussions Through Online Annotations. The Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines, SFU. total award: C$5,000 2016

Alperin, J.P. Building Foundations for Graduate Studies in Publishing. Dean of Graduate Studies, SFU. total award: C$5,000 2016


Peer-Reviewed Publications (in-progress)

Didegah, F., Ghaseminik, Z. & Alperin, J.P. Using a diabetes discussion forum and Wikipedia to detect the alignment of public interests and the research literature. preprint doi.org/10.1101/496927 under review

Moscrop, D., Wong, L. & Alperin, J.P. Have You Seen This? Why Political Pundits Share Scholarly Research on Social Media. Journal of Information Technology & Politics. under review

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Alperin, J.P. Muñoz Nieves, C., Niles, M., Schimanski, L.A., Fischman, G.E., Niles, M., & McKiernan, E. How significant are the public dimensions of faculty work in review, promotion, and tenure documents? eLife. preprint doi.org/10.7554/eLife.42254 Google Scholar 2019

Maggio, L.A., Ratcliff, C., Krakow, M., Moorhead, L., Enkhbayar, A. Alperin, J.P. Making headlines: An analysis of US government-funded cancer research mentioned in online media. BMJ Open. preprint 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025783 2019

Schimanski, L. & Alperin, J.P.. The evaluation of scholarship in academic promotion and tenure processes: Past, present, and future. F1000. preprint doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.16493.1 Google Scholar 2019

Alperin, J.P., Gomez, C. & Haustein, S. Identifying diffusion patterns of research on social media. Public Understanding of Science. doi.org/10.1177/0963662518761733 Google Scholar 2018

Siler, K., Haustein, S., Smith, E., Larivière, V. & Alperin, J.P. Authorial and institutional stratification in open access publishing: The case of global health research. PeerJ. link doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4269 Google Scholar 2018

Piwowar, H., Priem, J., Larivière, V., Alperin, J.P., Matthias, L., Norlander, B., Farley, A., West, J. & Haustein, S. The State of OA: A large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles. PeerJ preprint doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4375 Google Scholar 2018

Barata, G., Haustein, S., Shores, K. & Alperin, J.P. Local chatter or international buzz? Differences in language of social posts about Zika research. PLOS ONE. link doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0190482 Google Scholar 2018

Shu, F., Mongeon, P., Haustein, S., Siler, K., Alperin, J.P., Larivière, V. Is it such a big deal? On the cost of journal use in the digital era. College & Research Libraries. link doi.org/10.5860/crl.79.6.785 Google Scholar 2017

Alperin, J.P. & Rozemblum, C. The Reinterpretation of the Visibility and Quality of New Policies to Assess Scientific Publications. Revista Interamericana de Bibliotecologia, 40(3). link doi.org/10.17533/udea.rib.v40n3a04 Google Scholar 2017

Reilly, K.M.A. & Alperin, J.P. Intermediation in Open Development: A Knowledge Stewardship Approach. Global Media Journal: Canadian Edition, 6(1). link Google Scholar 2016

Carvalho Neto, S, Willinsky, J. & Alperin, J.P. Measuring, Rating, Supporting, and Strengthening Open Access Scholarly Publishing in Brazil. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24(54). doi.org/10.14507/epaa.24.2391 link Google Scholar 2016

Alperin, J.P. The Public Impact of Latin America’s Approach to Open Access. Doctoral Dissertation, Stanford University. link Google Scholar 2015

Alperin, J.P. Geographic variation in social media metrics: An analysis of Latin American journal articles, Aslib Journal of Information Management 67(3). link doi.org/10.1108/AJIM-12-2014-0176 Google Scholar 2015

Alperin, J.P. Brazil’s Exception to the World-Class University Movement. Quality in Higher Education, 19(2). link doi.org/10.1080/13538322.2013.802573 Google Scholar 2013

Alperin, J.P., Fischman, G.E., & Willinsky, J. Scholarly Communication Strategies in Latin America’s Research Universities. Educación Superior y Sociedad, 16(2). link Google Scholar 2011

Fischman, G.E., Alperin, J.P., & Willinsky, J. Visibility and Quality in Spanish-Language Latin American Scholarly Publishing. Information Technologies & International Development, 6(4). link Google Scholar 2010

Alperin, J.P., Fischman, G.E., & Willinsky, J. “Open Access and Scholarly Publishing in Latin America: Ten flavours and a few reflections”. Liinc em Revista, 4. link 10.18225/liinc.v4i2.269 Google Scholar 2008

Edited Volumes

Alperin, J.P. & Fischman, G.E. (Eds.). Made in Latin America: Open Access, Scholarly Journals, and Regional Innovations, Buenos Aires: CLACSO. link Google Scholar 2015

Alperin, J.P., Babini, D., & Fischman, G.E. (Eds.). Open Access Indicators and Scholarly Communications in Latin America, Buenos Aires: CLACSO. link Google Scholar 2014

Book Chapters

Reilly, K.M.A. & Alperin, J.P.. A Stewardship Approach to Theorizing Open Data for Development. In Open Data for Development. MIT Press. in press

Shamash, K., Alperin, J.P. & Bordini, A.Teaching Data Analysis in the Social Sciences: A Case Study with Article Level Metrics. In Atenas, J. & Havemann, L. (Eds) Open Data as an Open Education Resource, London: Open Knowledge Foundation. link doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1590031 2015

Alperin, J.P. & Fischman, G.E. Scientific Journals Produced in Latin America. In Alperin, J.P. & Fischman, G.E. (eds.) (2015). Made in Latin America Open Access, Scholarly Journals, and Regional Innovations, Buenos Aires: CLACSO. link 2015

Fischman, G.E. & Alperin, J.P. About Lights and Shadows: Latin American Scientific Journals. In Alperin, J.P. & Fischman, G.E. (eds.) (2015). Made in Latin America Open Access, Scholarly Journals, and Regional Innovations, Buenos Aires: CLACSO. link 2015

Alperin, J.P. Assessing the Growth and Use of Open Access Resources from Developing Regions: The Case of Latin America, Open Access Indicators and Scholarly Communications. In Alperin, J.P., Babini, D., & Fischman, G.E. (eds.) (2014). Open Access Indicators and Scholarly Communications in Latin America, Buenos Aires: CLACSO. link Google Scholar 2014

Fischman, G.E., Alperin, J.P., & Willisnky, J. Old and New Challenges for Scholarly Communications in Spanish. In Cetto, A.M., & Alonso, O. Quality and Impact of Ibero-American Scientific Journals. Mexico: UNAM. 2011

Invited Publications

Alperin, J.P. & Taylor, M. Science without borders: are technology and policy limiting internationalization? ResearchTrends. 37. link 2014

Alperin, J.P. Ask Not What Altmetrics Can Do for You, but What Altmetrics Can Do for Developing Countries. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 39. link doi.org/10.1002/bult.2013.1720390407 Google Scholar 2013

Willinsky, J. & Alperin, J.P. The Academic Ethics of Open Access to Research and Scholarship. Ethics and Education. 6. link doi.org/10.1080/17449642.2011.632716 Google Scholar 2012

Other Publications and Outputs

Haustein, S., Barata, G. & Alperin, J.P. It ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re tweeting (Or: Where tweets about scholarly articles come from). Altmetrics Blog. link 2018

Haustein, S., Toupin, R. & Alperin, J.P. Not sure if scientist or just Twitter bot” Or: Who tweets about scholarly papers. Altmetrics Blog. link 2018

Alperin, J.P. & Fleerackers, A. Preliminary Findings from the Review, Promotion, and Tenure Study. ScholCommLab Blog link 2018

Alperin, J.P., Muñoz Nieves, C., Schimanski, L., McKiernan, E.C., &Niles, M.T. Dataset: Terms and Concepts found in Tenure and Promotion Guidelines from the US and Canada, Harvard Dataverse, V1, link doi.org/10.7910/DVN/VY4TJE, UNF:6:RD6O/u5UKt8wHog/sJUx9Q== 2018

Alperin, J.P. The number and proportion of freely available articles is growing; reaching 45% of the literature published in 2015. LSE Impact Blog. link 2017

Piwowar, H., Priem, J., Larivière, V., Alperin, J.P., Matthias, L., Norlander, B., Farley, A., West, J. & Haustein, S. Dataset from: The State of OA. Zenodo. link doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.837902 2017

Alperin, J.P. How does Open Source Software Support Knowledge Dissemination? Abierto al Público (Interamerican Development Bank Blog). link 2017

Alperin, J.P. Motivating Open Practices Through Faculty Review and Promotion. OOO Canada Blog link 2016

Nicholson, J. & Alperin, J.P. A brief survey on peer review in scholarly communication. The Winnower link Google Scholar 2016

Alperin, J.P. & Bordini, A. How to reach a wider audience for your research. SciDevNet. link 2015

Alperin, J.P., Babini, D., Chan, L., Gray, E., Guédon, J.C., Joseph, H., Rodrigues, E., Shearer, K., Vessuri, H. Open Access in Latin America: a Paragon for the Rest of the World, The Winnower. link doi.org/10.15200/winn.143982.27959 2015

Alperin, J.P., Bordini, A., Pouyanne, S. PLOS, Please publish our articles on Wednesdays: A look at altmetrics by day of publication, The Winnower. link doi.org/10.15200/winn.142972.29198 2015

Alperin, J.P. South America: Citation databases omit local journals (correspondence), Nature. doi.org/10.1038/511155c Google Scholar 2014

Alperin, J.P. Altmetrics could enable scholarship from developing countries to receive due recognition. LSE Impact Blog. link 2014

Alperin. J.P. Academic Writing in a Global Context: The Politics and Practices of Publishing in English (book review). Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 42 (4), 545-549. doi.org/10.1353/scp.2011.0034 2011


Invited Presentations

Alperin, J.P. Altmetrics in Latin America: Are they of any use? Graduate program in Information Science, University of Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Sept 25, 2018

Alperin, J.P. Structuring of scientific articles: standards, XML, authoring. SciELO 20. Sao Paolo, Brazil. Sep. 25-30, 2018

Alperin, J.P. What Tenure Guidelines Say About Public Engagement and Metrics. UNT Open Access Symposium 2018. Fort Worth, USA. Jun. 6-7, 2018

Alperin, J.P. The New Open Journal Systems and Other Software by the Public Knowledge Project. Society for Scholarly Publishers Annual Meeting 2018. Chicago, USA May 30-31, 2018

Alperin, J.P. Academic Publishing and Journal Evaluation Systems. 3rd International Conference of Journal Editors Redalyc. Trujillo, Peru. May 16-18, 2018

Alperin, J.P. Are we so different? Characteristics of Latin American Science. 3rd National and 1st Iberoamerican Journal Conference. Mexico City, Mexico. May 2-4, 2018

Alperin, J.P. Challenges with altmetrics across diverse sociocultural contexts. 1st Altmetrics Conference in Iran αLFA1. Tehran, Iran. Jan. 13, 2018

Alperin, J.P. Introducing the First Open Altmetrics Database. INKE Victoria Gathering. Victoria, Canada. Jan. 10, 2018

Alperin, J.P. Metrics to Incentivize Open Sharing. OpenCon Satellite Event. Online. Nov. 8, 2017

Alperin, J.P. Open Access and the evolution of Latin American scholarly journals. I International University Book Fair. Mexico City, Mexico. Aug. 24, 2017

Alperin, J.P. Research Perspectives Panel: Introducing the ScholCommLab. PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2017. Montreal, Canada. Aug. 4, 2017

Alperin, J.P. Studying annotations in the classroom. iAnnotate Conference. San Francisco, USA. May 6, 2017

Alperin, J.P. Shining a Light on Critical Reading with Online Annotations. Digital Pedagogies Symposium. Victoria, Canada. slides May 5, 2017

Alperin, J.P. Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education - Panel Discussion. SFU Open Education Week. Vancouver, Canada. video Mar. 28, 2017

Alperin, J.P.. ¿Que impacto miden las métricas alternativas en publicación científica?. Aprender3c. Online. Nov. 28, 2016

Alperin, J.P. Ferramentas do PKP para publicação científica em acesso aberto. Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Scientific Editors Association. Sao Paolo, Brazil. Nov. 7, 2016

Alperin, J.P. ¿Quien lee las revistas de acceso abierto de América Latina? Congreso INFO 2016, Foro de Acceso Abierto. Havana, Cuba. Nov. 3, 2016

Alperin, J.P. Las limitaciones de los indicadores bibliometricos y las oportunidades del acceso abierto en América Latina. Seminario el Nuevo Orden Academico: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. Lima, Peru. Sep. 1, 2016

Alperin, J.P. Inherent Tensions in Adopting New Scholarly Practices. 61st Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials. Charlottesville, USA. slides May 9, 2016

Alperin, J.P. Research is also for non-scholars: Lessons from Latin America. FORCE16. Portland, USA doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.3187551 video April 19, 2016

Alperin, J.P. ¿Who benefits from Latin American research? National Autonomous University of Mexico. Mexico City, Mexico. Feb. 25, 2016

Alperin, J.P. Altmetrics: The Basics, the Research, and the Users. Beedie Business School, Simon Fraser University. Vancouver, Canada. Feb. 10, 2016

Alperin, J.P. PKP and CrossRef: Two P’s in a Cross. CrossRef Annual General Meeting. Boston, USA. slides Nov. 17, 2015

Alperin, J.P. The Latin American Open Access Utopia. OpenCon 2015. Brussels, Belgium. video slides Nov. 14, 2015

Alperin, J.P. Openness in Higher Education: From the Classroom to the Research. SFU/UBC Open Access Week. Vancouver, Canada link slides Oct. 22, 2015

Alperin, J.P. Do Things Get Better in Scholarly Publishing?. PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2015. Vancouver, Canada. video Aug. 13, 2015

Alperin, J.P. Students, Open Access & Libraries. The SPARC-ACRL Forum on Emerging Issues in Scholarly Communication. San Francisco, USA. link June 25, 2015

Alperin, J.P. & Pouyanne, S. The Public Impact of Open Access: A survey of the SciELO research portal. Advancing Research and Scholarship Conference (ARCSCon). Philadelphia, USA. link doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1391771 Apr. 27, 2015

Alperin. J.P. Special Session: Critical DH (Digital Humanities) Interventions in Scholarly Communications and Publishing. Modern Language Association Annual Meeting 2015. Vancouver, Canada. Jan. 8, 2015

Lin, J., Alperin, J.P. & Ivimey-Cook, R. Three Publishers’ Perspective on Using Altmetrics: PLOS, PKP, and eLife. NISO Virtual Conference: Transforming Assessment: Alternative Metrics and: Other Trends. Online. link June 18, 2014

Alperin, J.P. Getting Altmetrics: What and who to consider. Canadian Association of Learned Journals Annual Meeting. St. Catherine’s, Canada. May 24, 2014

Garnett, A. & Alperin, J.P. Return of the Son of Automated Publishing: A Free, Modular Solution for Academic Typesetting. MediaX: The future of content. Stanford, USA. video Feb. 5, 2014

Garnett, A. & Alperin, J.P. A New Solution for XML Publishing. MediaX 2013 Conference, Stanford, USA. video Jan. 8, 2013

Alperin, J.P. Open Access: Latin America Shows us How. Open Science Summit. Mountain View, USA. Oct. 19, 2012

Alperin, J.P. PKP, Open Access, and Open Source. Latinoware. Foz de Iguaçu, Brazil. Oct. 27, 2009

Alperin, J.P. Strengthening Scholarly Publications in Latin America. Quality and Impact of Iberoamerican Journals. San Jose, Costa Rica. Oct. 5, 2009

Alperin, J.P. Scholarly Portals in Latin America. Scholarly Communications in Africa Programme. Cape Town, South Africa. June 10, 2009

Alperin, J.P. & Smecher, A. PKP Experience - Development of Open Source Projects. CRICS 8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sep. 15, 2008

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

Alperin, J.P. Supporting open source requires trust: A look inside the Substance Consortium. FORCE 2018. Montreal, Canada Oct. 11, 2018

Maggio, L.A., Ratcliff, C., Krakow, M., Moorhead, L., Enkhbayar, A. Alperin, J.P. Making headlines: An analysis of US Government-funded cancer research mentioned in the news. 5AM: Altmetrics Conference. London, U.K. Sep. 27, 2018

Alperin, J.P., Enkhbayar, A., Piwowar, H, Priem, J., & Wass, J. Collecting, Calculating and Displaying Altmetrics with Open Source. 5AM: Altmetrics Conference. London, U.K. Sep. 26, 2018

Didegah, F., Alperin, J.P., & Costas, R. Uncovering the path from Mendeley Readership to Citations. Altmetrics Workshop. London, U.K. link slides Sep. 25, 2018

Barata, G., Riedlinger, M., Schiele, A. & Alperin, J.P. Using social media metrics to identify science communicators in Canada. Science & You. Beijin, China. Google Scholar Sep. 15-18, 2018

Enkhbayar, A. & Alperin, J.P. Challenges of capturing engagement on Facebook for altmetrics. STI 2018. Leiden, Netherlands. link Sep. 12, 2018

Barata, G., Araújo, R., Alperin, J.P., Travieso-Rodriguez, C. Use of Social Media by Brazilian Academics. 6th Brazilian Meeting of Bibliometrics and Scientometrics. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jul. 18, 2018

Alperin, J.P. & Reilly, K. From opportune indicators to narratives: Conceptualizing altmetrics for social impact. 4AM Altmetrics Conference. Sep. 27, 2017

Alperin, J.P. & Haustein, S. Applying social network analysis to explore Twitter diffusion patterns. Altmetrics17. Toronto, Canada. link Sep. 26, 2017

Barata, G. & Alperin, J.P. Language metrics as a measure of global reach and local impact: The case of papers about Zika on Facebook and Twitter. Altmetrics17. Toronto, Canada. link Sep. 26, 2017

Didegah, F., Ghaseminik, Z. & Alperin, J.P. Comparing topics of interest in forum discussions and research articles in search of new indicators of the public’s interest in Diabetes. Altmetrics17. Toronto, Canada. link slides Sep. 26, 2017

Alperin, J.P. What is being published with OJS? and by whom? PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2017. Montreal, Canada. slides Aug. 4, 2017

Alperin, J.P., Hanson, E.W., Shores, K., & Haustein, S. Twitter bot surveys: A discrete choice experiment to increase response rates. 8th International Conference on Social Media and Society. Toronto, Canada. slides link doi.org/10.1145/3097286.3097313 Google Scholar July 28, 2017

Alperin, J. P., Willinsky, J., Owen, B., Macgregor, J., Smecher, A., & Stranack, K. The Public Knowledge Project: Reflections and Directions After Its First Two Decades. ELectronic PUBlishing (Vol. Connecting the Knowledge Commons: From Projects to Sustainable Infrastructure). Toronto, Canada. link June 20, 2018

Garnett, A., Aufreiter, M., Buchtala, O., Alperin, J.P. Introducing Texture: An Open Source WYSIWYG Javascript Editor for JATS. JATS-Con Proceedings 2017, Bethesda: National Center for Biotechnology Information. link Apr 25, 2017

Alperin, J.P., Stranack, K. & Garnett, A. On the Peripheries of Scholarly Infrastructure: A look at the Journals Using Open Journal Systems. 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI Conference 2016). Valencia, Spain. link slides Google Scholar Sep. 14, 2016

Alperin, J.P. Moving beyond counts: A method for surveying Twitter users. Altmetrics15 Workshop, Altmetrics Conference. Amsterdam, Netherlands. link Google Scholar Oct. 9, 2015

Alperin, J.P. Evolving altmetrics to capture impact outside the academy. 2:AM Altmetrics Conference. Amsterdam, Netherlands. slides Oct. 7, 2015

Garnett, A., Alperin, J.P., Willinsky, J. The Public Knowledge Project XML Publishing Service and meTypeset: Don’t call it “Yet Another Word-to-JATS Conversion Kit”, JATS-Con Proceedings 2015, Bethesda: National Center for Biotechnology Information. link Apr. 21, 2015

Alperin. J.P. Exploring altmetrics in an emerging country context. Altmetrics14 Workshop, WebScience Conference 2014. Bloomington, USA. link slides doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1041797 Google Scholar June 23, 2014

Alperin, J.P. What it Means for PKP to Offer Article Level Metrics. SciELO 15. Sao Paolo, Brazil. slides Oct. 25, 2013

Alperin, J.P. Are ALMs/Altmetrics Propagating Global Inequality? Article Level Metrics Workshop 2013. San Francisco, USA. link slides Oct. 12, 2013

Alperin, J.P. Visualizing Article-Level Metrics with d3.js? Article Level Metrics Workshop 2013. San Francisco, USA. link slides Oct. 11, 2013

Alperin, J.P. The Skewed View from ISI: A Failed Attempt to Measure Regionalization in Latin America. Latin American Studies Association Congress 2012. San Francisco, USA. May 24, 2012

Alperin, J.P. & Fischman, G.E. Understanding the Challenges Facing Scholarly Communication in Latin America. 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society. Montreal, Canada. May 2, 2011



Making Research Knowledge Public: Faculty of Communication, Art and Technolgy, SFU 2018

Open Scholarship Award: Canadian Social Knowledge Institute 2018


Dewey Teaching Fellow: Simon Fraser University 2018 - 2019

Future of Scholarly Communication and eScholarship Fellow: FORCE11 2013, 2016
Haas Centre Graduate Public Service Fellow: Stanford University 2012 - 2013

Travel Scholarships

2AM Altmetrics Conference / Altmetrics15 Workshop 2015

ARCS Conference 2015
Stanford University GSE 2012, 2013
ALM Workshop 2013, 2014


Visiting Scholars

Amin Erfanmanesh, University of Isfahan, Iran 2017

Jon Tennant, Imperial College London, UK 2017

Stefanie Haustein, University of Montreal, Canada 2016

Post-doctoral Supervision

David Moscrop 2017-2018

Fereshteh Didegah 2017-2018

Germana Barata 2017-2018

Kyle Siler 2016 - 2017

Senior Supervisor

Sellars, Stacey. Non-linear Digital Storytelling in the National Film Board of Canada’s Interactive Projects. Master in Publishing. SFU. in progress

West, Octavio. Hemlock. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2019

Bell, Kirsten. Risky business: Consultations with journal editors regarding a proposed cooperative scholarly publishing model. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2017

Oliviera, Joshua. The Balancing Act: Balancing Journalism, Marketing and Publishing in Digital Content Marketing. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2017

Wake-Hyde, Zoë. Openly Embracing Change: How the Rebus Foundation is Building a New Model of Publishing. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2016

Hanson, Erik. Twitterbot Surveys: A Method for Magazine Audience Analysis. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2016

Wan, Linlin. Copyleft and creativity. Communications Double Major. 2016

Pouyanne, Sophie. Designing a Non-linear, Academic Web Book with Scalar. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2016

Dunlop, Laura. E-Cookbooks: An Analysis of Profitability. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2016

Fleischmann, Ariane. Getting SaaSy: The Implementation of Magazine Manager at Canada Wide Media. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2015

Simas Ferraz, João. Improving Multi-Platform Workflow at Harbour Publishing and Douglas & McIntyre. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2015

Soto, Arley. Evaluation of non-core PKP services. International Master in Digital Library Learning, University of Parma. 2015

Queitsch, Tilman. Like, Tweet, Read: Exploratory Analyses of Social Media Data as an Indicator for Readership Behaviour in the Newspaper and Periodicals Industries. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2014


Dong, Haiqin. The Role of the Editor: The Case of Springer. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2018

McGrath, Taylor. Establishing Workflows for Library-based Open Educational Resource Production Programs in Post-secondary Institutions across Canada and the United States. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2018

Ashok, Apurva. Opening the Doors to Knowledge: Rebus’ Collaborative Publishign Model for Open Textbooks. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2017

Zhao, Quiyo. Cross-media Publishing by Orient Star Media. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2017

Cuica, Aniela. Modular content: a new publishing strategy at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2017

Firlotte, Molly. An Analysis Of Outreach Strategies In Pursuit Revisiting The Porthole View: Of Market Expansion. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2016

Blom, Sophia. Consistency and Community in The New Quarterly’s Bringing the Writer Home: Past and Future. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2015

Garby, Taisha. Publishing Translated Works: Examining the Process. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2015

Zhang, Summer. The Case Study of the Jinglun Digital Publishing Platform. Master in Publishing. SFU. 2015

Ross, Emily. Quiet Content: Digital Publishing Through the Lens of a Startup. Master in Publishing 2015

Professional Service

Board Memberships

Scientific Academic Advisory Board: Network of Scholarly Journals from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal (redalyc.org), 2014 - present

Steering Committee: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Steering Committee 2015 - 2018

Conference Activity

Program Committee: Electronic Publshing Conference (ELPUB 2019), Marseille, France 2019

Scientific Committee: I Conferencia de Altmetria en América Latina, Niterói, Brazil 2018

Program Committee: Electronic Publshing Conference (ELPUB 2018), Toronto, Canada 2018

Program Committee: Workshop on Altmetrics for Research Outputs Measurement and Scholarly Information Management (AROSIM 2018), Singapore. 2018

Scientific Committee: V Open Science Forum (INFO2018), Havana, Cuba 2018

Organizing Committee: OpenCon Latin America 2017, Mexico City, Mexico. 2017

Scientific Committee: XXI International Conference On Science And Technology Indicators, Valencia, Spain 2016

Scientific Committee: IV Open Access Forum (INFO2016), Havana, Cuba 2016

Application Review Team: OpenCon: The student and early career academic professional conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, Brussels, Belgium 2015, 2016

Organizing Committee: OpenCon: The student and early career academic professional conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, Washington, D.C., USA 2014

Conference Director: PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2013 (250 participants), Mexico City, Mexico 2013

Editorial Teams

Review Editor, Scholarly Metrics and Analytics 2016 - present

Founding Editorial Team, Scholarly and Research Communication 2010 - present

Grant Review

SSHRC Insight Grant Adjudication Committee 2019

Reviewer (last 2 years)

The Journal of Web Science, Aslib Proceedings (3), Information Research (2), eLife, Scientometrics (3), TLA-MELAUA, Nature, Science and Public Policy (2), Publications, Scholarly and Research Communication (4), Palabra Clave (2), Education Policy Analysis Archives, Revista Facultad de Odontología


Metadata 2020 Working Group, BOAI 15 Working group, SPARC Student Advisory Group, CrossRef DOI Event Tracker Committee, OOO Canada

Departmental Service

Graduate Program Chair 2015 - present

Faculty search committees (3) 2014 - present

All program committees 2014 - present

Open Access Advisory 2014 - 2016

Media Coverage

Chronicle of Higher Education As Scholars Are Driven to Less Prestigious Journals, New Measures of Quality Emerge. link Feb. 17, 2019

Chronicle of Higher Education Do Universities Value Public Engagement? Not Much, Their Policies Suggest. link Oct. 8, 2018

Inside Higher Education Promotion Standards and Public Engagement. link Oct. 5, 2018

Nature News University tenure decisions still gloss over scientists’ public outreach. link Oct. 4, 2018

LSE Impact Blog Making research evaluation processes in Europe more transparent. link Jul. 7, 2018

Altmetrics Blog #Altmetchat with Juan Pablo Alperin. link Jun. 8, 2018

Jornal da UNICAMP Estudo indica idioma mais adequado para compartilhar ciência nas redes sociais. link Apr. 17, 2018

Nature Index ‘Bronze’ open access supersedes green and gold. link Mar. 12, 2018

SFU News Best social media channels for distributing scholarly research. link Feb. 8, 2018

PLOS Blogs Open Access 2017: A Year of Stand-Offs, Showdowns, & Funders’ Own Journals. link Jan. 9, 2018

El Espectador Una oportunidad para pensar el acceso abierto desde América Latina. link Dec. 2, 2017

Universo Abierto “Casi la mitad” de los trabajos de investigación recientes están en acceso abierto. link Nov. 23, 2017

Le Monde Des chercheurs se mobilisent pour un accès gratuit aux publications. link

Scholarly Kitchen Study Suggests Publisher Public Access Outpacing Open Access; Gold OA Decreases Citation Performance. link Oct. 4, 2017

Al-Fanar Media A Rising Number of Research Results Is Available Free. link Sep. 29, 2017

Quartz Soon, nobody will read academic journals illegally, because the studies worth reading will be free. link Aug. 9, 2017

Phys.org Two studies suggest trouble ahead for paywall journals. link Aug. 8, 2017

Nature News Half of papers searched for online are free to read. link Aug. 7, 2017

The Scientist Open Access On the Rise: Study (Interview with co-author). link Aug. 7, 2017

Open and Shut? The State of Open Access: Some New Data (Interview with co-author). link Aug. 3, 2017

Nature Trend Watch: The State of Open Access. link Aug. 2, 2017

Revista Anfibia (Universidad Nacional de San Martin). Los Dueños de la ciencia. link May, 2017

Copyright Chat. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign podcast. link Mar. 17, 2017

CONACYT Prensa. ¿Cuál es el impacto social de las revistas científicas? link Mar. 2, 2016

Scholarly Kitchen. Celebrating Five Years of Altmetrics. link Oct. 20, 2015

Times Higher Education. Part of problem, not solution, warns academic. link Oct. 7, 2015

Foro TV: Fractal. Científico mundial. link Aug. 13, 2015

PLOS Blogs. Momentum for Article-Level Metrics: New Uses. link Sept. 21, 2015

OK Cast. Alperin: Open Access Advocacy. link Nov. 14, 2014

Universia. Superior al que se registra internacionalmente. link July 29, 2014

SciDev. Ciencia sudamericana subestimada. link July 21, 2014

Pesquisa FAPESP. Retweet or Perish. link July 21, 2014

Nature. Brazil fêtes open-access site. link Oct. 22, 2013

Noticias Universidad de Costa Rica. Especialista recomienda a investigadores utilizar redes de comunicación. link May 15, 2012

Stanford Daily. Freeing Knowledge. link Jan. 26, 2011