A Commission is an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional work place established by AmeliCA’s Board of Directors in order to develop actions to carry out its principles and values.

Commissions are led by coordinators and may be composed of as many participant members as its structure and operations may require. The Board of Directors especially emphasizes that members of Commissions may express the cultural, linguistic and gender diversity of AmeliCA’s member institutions in Latin America and the Global South, provided that they have proven academic excellence in the field.

Coordinators must be part of any institution that is officially part of AmeliCA membership. Coordinators manage the activities of their own Commission, they provide the work plan and the annual management report with the help of participant members. Commissions provide the Board of Directors their work plan and management report in March each year. Commissions may be structured as each thinks best to achieve their goals and carry out their operations, making their decisions by consensus, which are endorsed by the Board of Directors and through whom disagreements are resolved.

In AmeliCA’s early stages the Board of Directors created 9 Commissions: Ameli Blog, Open Science, Contents, Community OJS: Users and Developers, Research, Responsible Metrics, XML JATS Editing Model, Editorial Professionalization, Intellectual Property, convinced that they will take forward the main subjects that compose the managing of results of knowledge.

Ameli Blog ▾
About
The Commission in charge of Ameli Blog is composed of scholars and those interested in the scholarly publishing processes of the region, as well as of the valuable contributors who from their different viewpoints and experiences address the problems related to science communication.
Members
Coordinators:
Claudio Amescua García
UNAM, México
Amescua is a biologist (UNAM), he holds an MSc in Ecology (UAEM, México). As of 2003 to date he’s the Head of the Editorial Department of the “Center for Atmospheric Sciences of UNAM” (Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera de la UNAM) and he’s Executive Director of the journal Revista Internacional de Contaminación Ambiental. Amescua is a member of the “Network of Directors and Editors of Scholarly and Peer-reviewed Journals of UNAM” (Red de Directores y Editores de Revistas Académicas y Arbitradas de la UNAM). He’s lectured on scholarly publishing and taught on the same subject in different higher education and research institutions in Mexico and Latin America.
Omar Gallardo
BUAP, Mexico
Executive Director of the journal IUS (Mexico).
Permanent contributors:
Arianna Becerril García
REDALYC-UAEM, Mexico
She’s a research-professor at the School of Political and Social Sciences, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (Mexico). She specializes in semantic web, knowledge repositories and artificial intelligence. She’s the Executive Director of the Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal (Redalyc), and President of AmeliCA. Becerril is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and co-founder of the “Mexican Network of Institutional Repositories” (Red Mexicana de Repositorios Institucionales) (REMERI). Her primary aim of research and advisory is the search of science communication in digital, sustainable and intelligent contexts.
Alejandro Uribe Tirado
UdeA, Colombia
Uribe is a social communicator-journalist. His advanced studies and MA concern Electronic Business, Information Services Management and Computer uses in Education. He holds a PhD in Library Science and Scientific Documentation from the University of Granada, Spain. As of 2002 he’s lectured at the “Inter-American School of Library Science” (Escuela Interamericana de Bibliotecología), University of Antioquia, where, currently, he’s the coordinator of the research group “Information, Knowledge and Society” (Información, Conocimiento y Sociedad) from the “Research Center in Information Science” (Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencia de la Información).
Cecilia Rozemblum
UNLP, Argentina
Director of Editorial Management of periodical publications of the “Office of the Assistant Secretary of Editorial Management and Dissemination” (Prosecretaría de Gestión Editorial y Difusión) at the School of Humanities and Educational Sciences, National University of La Plata, where she’s also a postgraduate lecturer. Rozemblum specializes in library science, editorial management processes and Open Access.
Dominique Babini
CLACSO, Argentina
Babini is a committed advocate of the Open Access movement, mainly in the Global South. She’s coordinator of projects and research, and promotes scholarly communications in Open Access at CLACSO. She’s a member of the Committee of Experts of the “National System of Digital Repositories-MINCYT” (Sistema Nacional de Repositorios Digitales-MINCYT), Argentina. She’s also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study project of the Public Knowledge Project. She’s also a contributor of UNESCO’s Global Open Access Portal.
Eduardo Aguado López
Redalyc-UAEM, Mexico
Aguado is a sociologist, professor-researcher at the School of Political and Social Sciences, UAEM, Mexico. His research interests are Open Access, social appropriation and visibility of science, quality education, bibliometrics, and sociology of scientific knowledge. He’s the General Director and founder of Redalyc, a project that fosters free Access to Latin American scholarly knowledge, especially with regards to Social Sciences and Humanities. He’s registered at the “National System of Researchers of Mexico” (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores [SNI] de México).
Fernanda Beigel
UNCuyo, Argentina
Beigel is a critical specialist of Latin American science communication. She’s an independent researcher at the “National Scientific and Technical Research Council” (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas) (CONICET), based in the “Institute of Human, Social and Environmental Sciences” (Instituto de Ciencias Humanas, Sociales y Ambientales) (Incihusa) – “Technological Scientific Center” (Centro Científico Tecnológico) (CCT) (Mendoza, Argentina). She lectures on Latin American sociology at the School of Political and Social Sciences, National University of Cuyo.
Fernando Ariel López
CITRA (CONICET – UMET), Argentina

Ariel is in the research communication and support division at the “Innovation of Workers Center” (Centro de Innovación de los Trabajadores) (CITRA – CONICET/UMET, Argentina). He’s the director of the Central Library at the “Metropolitan University for Education and Work” (Universidad Metropolitana para la Educación y el Trabajo) (UMET). He’s is the co-founder and director of the online community Aprender 3C. He takes part in research projects at IIGG-UBA, CITRA, UMET and CAICYT-CONICET. He’s also part of the Committee of Experts of the “National System of Digital Repositories” (Sistema Nacional de Repositorios Digitales) (MINCYT, Argentina), of the Electronic Library of MINCYT and RECIARIA (network of information networks).

He holds a BA in Library Science and Information Science with an emphasis on Information Technology from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s a Master’s student in Libraries and Services of Digital Information at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain.

Gabriel Vélez Quartos
UdeA, Colombia
Veléz is a researcher at the “Social Networks and Stakeholders Group” (Grupo Redes y Actores Sociales) in the field of social studies on knowledge science and society, affiliated to the “National Program of Social, Human and Educational Sciences” (Programa Nacional de Ciencias Sociales, Humanidades y Educación) of the “National System of Science, Technology and Innovation” (Sistema Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación) at Colciencias. He’s the academic coordinator of REDICONOS. Veléz is the adviser of the “National Program of CTI in Social, Human and Educational Sciences” (Programa Nacional de CTI en Ciencias Sociales, Humanidades y Educación) at Colciencias. And he’s also adjunct researcher at SNCTI. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from “Ibero-American University” (Univesidad Iberoamericana).
Guillermo Banzato
UNLP, Argentina
He’s assistant secretary of Editorial and Dissemination Management at the School of Humanities and Educational Sciences, National University of La Plata (UNLP), where he’s also a professor. Banzato is a researcher affiliated to the “Argentinian and American History Center” (Centro de Historia Argentina y Americana) at the “Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences” (Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales), National University of La Plata-CONICET. He’s vice president of the “Argentinian Association of Economic History” (Asociación Argentina de Historia Económica). Banzato is director of the incentive projects “Progress of the open access movement to scholarly knowledge. Policies, practices and manifestations in Argentinian national universities” (Avances del movimiento de acceso abierto al conocimiento científico. Políticas, prácticas y manifestaciones en el ámbito de las universidades nacional argentinas).
Remedios Melero
CSIC, Spain
Melero holds a PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of Valencia. She’s a tenured scientist at the “Agrochemical and Food Technology Institute” (Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de los Alimentos), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). She’s is also editor of the journal Food Science and Technology International. Former vice president of the European Association of Science Editors (2012). She’s is professor in the Master program Digital Documentation at Pompeu Fabra University and she’s member of Redalyc’s and Scielo España’s scientific committee. She’s part of the team “Open Access to Science for the study of journals, repositories and open access institutional policies.” She’s participated in the European project NECOBELAC for the dissemination and creation of networks regarding scholarly publishing and open access to science between Latin America and Europe.
Saray Córdoba González
LATINDEZ, Costa Rica
Córdoba specializes in library science, information science and scientific communication. She’s played a fundamental role in strengthening Costa Rica’s library system and in consolidating various regional Open Access systems. At present, she coordinates LATINDEX project of the Research
Vice presidency at the university where she works.

How can you participate?
To participate as a guest author in Ameli Blog, please send an email to ameli.conocimientoabierto@gmail.com, with your resume, main academic contributions and/or practices in Open Access, science assessment, etc. Your participation will depend upon coordinators’ assessment.
Open Science ▾
About
In the Openness movement context, which encompasses various fields of social life, from this Commission we strengthen AmeliCA’s actions so that research outcome may be available to all society. We encourage researchers and editors to make research data available, we promote different tools that allow us to reuse, redistribute and reproduce researches. We support a multidisciplinary dialogue to integrate different stakeholders from the research process as well.
Members
Coordinator:
Fernando Ariel López
CITRA (CONICET – UMET), Argentina

Ariel is in the Communication and Support Division at the “Innovation of Workers Center” (Centro de Innovación de los Trabajadores) (CITRA – CONICET/UMET, Argentina). He’s the director of the Central Library at the “Metropolitan University for Education and Work” (Universidad Metropolitana para la Educación y el Trabajo) (UMET). He’s is the co-founder and director of the online community Aprender 3C. He takes part in research projects at IIGG-UBA, CITRA, UMET and CAICYT-CONICET. He’s also part of the Committee of Experts of the “National System of Digital Repositories” (Sistema Nacional de Repositorios Digitales) (MINCYT, Argentina), electronic library of MINCYT and RECIARIA (network of information networks).

He holds a BA in Library Science and Information Science with an emphasis on Information Technology from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s a Master’s student in Libraries and Services of Digital Information at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain.

Contributors:
Martín Tena Espinoza de los Monteros
UdeG, Mexico
Master studies in library science and information science (ITESM; Mexico). Postgraduate of the program “Training in Knowledge Society” (Doctorado en Formación en la Sociedad del Conocimiento) from the University of Salamanca, Spain. He’s an intern at the “Unit of Improvement and Academic Training” (Unidad de Mejoramiento y Formación Académica), University of Guadalajara, Mexico. He’s professor and is in charge of the “Services to public sector” (Área de Servicios al Público) at the “Coordination of Libraries for the Network of Libraries of the University of Guadalajara” (Coordinación de Bibliotecas para la Red de Bibliotecas de la Universidad de Guadalajara), Mexico.
OJS Community: Users and Developers ▾
About
In OJS Community: Users and Developers interested stakeholders work together to build sustainable, collaborative environments and technologies for public use, in order to make the free circulation of scholarly knowledge and culture possible. From this Commission AmeliCA seeks to make easier the process by which journals from the Global South may make the most of the advantages and benefits that OJS offers. Consolidating, thus, not only its use in the region but guaranteeing its growth according to the particular needs of the journals from the South.
Members
Coordinator:
Joel Torres
eScire, México
Specialist in developing technological solutions for entities that generate knowledge and research. He’s an expert on building and fostering free software and Open Access that makes digital preservation of scholarly and cultural contents possible.
Contents ▾
About
In this Commission AmeliCA fosters greater visibility to the contents generated in the Global South, mainly, those of Social Sciences and Humanities. Contents’ goal is to articulate and make visible the collections and contents of scholarly books and journals from the Global South, having diversity and social appropriation of science as its principles.
Members
Coordinators:
Eduardo Aguado López
Redalyc-UAEM, Mexico
Aguado is a sociologist, professor-researcher at the School of Political and Social Sciences, UAEM, Mexico. His research interests are Open Access, social appropriation and visibility of science, quality education, bibliometrics, and sociology of scientific knowledge. He’s the General Director and founder of Redalyc, a project that fosters free Access to Latin American scholarly knowledge, especially with regards to Social Sciences and Humanities. He’s registered at the “National System of Researchers of Mexico” (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores [SNI] de México).
Carolina De Volder
UBA, Argentina
De Volder is coordinator of the “Documentation and Information Center” (Centro de Documentación e Información) at the “Research Institute Gino Germani” (Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani), School of Social Sciences, UBA. She lectures on search of information at the “School of Teacher Training” (Escuela de Capacitación Docente) (CePA), GCBA. She’s editor of the repository E-LIS for Argentina. Also, she’s editor of the journal Biblios. De Volder is a member of the Committee of Experts in Digital Repositories (SNRD), Ministry of Science and Technology. She holds a BA in Library Science and Documentation from the School of Humanities, “National University of Mar of Plata” [Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata], Argentina.
Research ▾
About
AmeliCA aims to articulate a critical framework by categories for Open Access and scholarly publishing that renames the fight against dependency and rescues the importance of the local and that re-elaborates the ranking problem. The goal of this Commission is to identify the Ibero-American research projects and those current in the Global South, disseminate their results and ideas, strengthen their networks of connection and make current researches known. Also, by means of this Commission, AmeliCA is presented as a base of coordination to generate new international research projects.
Members
Coordinator:
Fernanda Beigel
UNCUYO, Argentina
Beigel is a critical specialist on Latin American science communication. She’s is an independent researcher at the “National Scientific and Technical Research Council” (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas) (CONICET), headquartered at the “Institute of Human, Social and Environmental Sciences” (Instituto de Ciencias Humanas, Sociales y Ambientales) (Incihusa)-“Technological Scientific Center” (Centro Científico Tecnológico) (CCT), Mendoza, Argentina. She lectures on Latin American sociology at the School of Political and Social Sciences, National University of Cuyo.
Responsible Metrics ▾
About
After a season when the Impact Factor and the h-index were the only instruments to measure scientific activity, the critiques of their use and results have been overwhelming. New databases and systems made the study of great amounts of information that can measure a greater quantity of variables that express scientific activity possible. In this Commission we make use of both AmeliCA’s and Redalyc’s databases to provide researchers, editors and society, information about the different aspects of scientific production, just as it’s done by Redalyc with co-authorship and indices of internationalization and Editorial Effort, and others that make us think why we measure, explore interdisciplinarity, enhance our databases and understand the dynamics of community formation.
Members
Coordinator:
Gabriel Veléz Cuartas
UdeA, Colombia
Veléz is a researcher at the “Social Networks and Stakeholders Group” (Grupo Redes y Actores Sociales) in the field of social studies on knowledge science and society, affiliated to the “National Program of Social, Human and Educational Sciences” (Programa Nacional de Ciencias Sociales, Humanidades y Educación) of the “National System of Science, Technology and Innovation” (Sistema Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación) at Colciencias. He’s the academic coordinator of REDICONOS. Veléz is the adviser of the “National Program of CTI in Social, Human and Educational Sciences” (Programa Nacional de CTI en Ciencias Sociales, Humanidades y Educación) at Colciencias. And he’s also adjunct researcher at SNCTI. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from “Ibero-American University” (Univesidad Iberoamericana).
Collaborators:
Alejandro Uribe Tirado
UdeA, Colombia
Uribe is a social communicator-journalist. His advanced studies and MA concern Electronic Business, Information Services Management and Computer uses in Education. He holds a PhD in Library Science and Scientific Documentation from the University of Granada, Spain. As of 2002 he’s lectured at the “Inter-American School of Library Science” (Escuela Interamericana de Bibliotecología), University of Antioquia, where, currently, he’s the coordinator of the research group “Information, Knowledge and Society” (Información, Conocimiento y Sociedad) from the “Research Center in Information Science” (Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencia de la Información)
Diego Restrepo Quintero
UdeA, Colombia
Professor at the “Physics Institute” (Instituto de Física), University of Antioquia. Restrepo is senior researcher at the “National System of Science, Technology and Innovation” (Sistema Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación). He’s given lectures at multiple universities and research centers in Europe and Latin America. He holds a PhD, MSc and BA in Physics. He’s Director of the “Phenomenology of Fundamental Interactions Group” (Grupo de Fenomenología de las Interacciones Fundamentales). His interests are the field of High Energy Physics, dark matter and scientific production studies.
César Orlando Pallares Delgado
UdeA, Colombia
Pallares is an economist (University of Antioquia), he holds a Master’s degree in Social Studies of Science and Technology from the University of Salamanca. His career includes more than five years experience in the design of public policy of science and technology, analysis of scientometric indicators, and science and technology studies. Currently, he’s in charge of producing official statistics on research at the University of Antioquia.
Jaider Ochoa Gutiérrez
UdeA, Colombia
He’s a professor at the “Inter-American School of Library Science” (Escuela Interamericana de Bibliotecología). He’s researcher at the “Information, Knowledge and Society Group” (Grupo Información, Conocimiento y Sociedad). He’s a member of the Scientific Committee of BIREME/PAHO. His research interests are related to science, technology and society studies, knowledge management and strategic intelligence. He specializes in building information systems and KDD. Ochoa is a librarian at the University of Antioquia, he has master’s studies in science, technology and innovation management.
Huber Fernando Gómez Molina
UdeA, Colombia
Librarian at the University of Antioquia with an emphasis on technology management. For over 8 years he’s worked in subjects related to technology forecasting, contributing to the building of VIGILA at the “Pontificial Boliverian University” (Universidad Pontificia Boliveriana) of Strategic Vigillance of the EPM Foundation (Vigilancia Estrategia de la Fundación EPM). Currently, he’s the Head of service to public of the Library System at the University of Antioquia. As researcher, early this year he joined actively the research center of measurement and impact of science for the University of Antioquia
XML JATS Editing Model ▾
About
In XML JATS AmeliCA provides the best technology for the digital publication of current journals breaking the vicious circle: journals don’t have the latest technology, therefore, they cannot be indexed, and because they’re not indexed they cannot have the latest technology. AmeliCA and its added reading values consolidate and give visibility to the scientific production from Latin America and the Caribbean and the Global South. To all open access journals free of APC, the digital publishing technology of the future: AmeliCA, integrating for the global conversation of non-subordinate science.
Members
Coordinators:
Fernando Rodríguez Contreras
Redalyc-UAEM, Mexico
He specializes in editorial management processes and digital publishing technologies. Currently, he coordinates the XML-JATS project to tag journals indexed in Redalyc.
Eliana Guzmán Useche
ULA, Venezuela
She’s part of Redalyc’s research team and takes part in a project that seeks journals indexed in Redalyc to adopt the XML-JATS language. She specializes in editorial management processes, Open Access and digital environments of scientific communication. She’s a PhD candidate in Mexico in education and Latin American science communication.
Editorial Professionalization ▾
About
This Commission advises, in their interdisciplinary constitution, editorial teams as regards to the definition of work flows, the processes through which scholarly journals might be admitted and indexed, the discussion and dissemination of editorial criteria that take part in the assessment processes of databases and other aspects.
Members
Coordinator:
Cecilia Rozemblum
UNLP, Argentina
Director of Editorial Management of periodical publications of the “Office of the Assistant Secretary of Editorial Management and Dissemination” (Prosecretaría de Gestión Editorial y Difusión) at the School of Humanities and Educational Sciences, National University of La Plata, where she’s also a postgraduate lecturer. Rozemblum specializes in library science, editorial management processes and Open Access.
Intellectual Property ▾
About
One of the most fundamental subjects in communicating the outcome of scientific research is managing copyright and editors’ rights. In this Commission we advise, study and debate on intellectual property laws, copyright, and the reuse of published works, the different options offered by Creative Commons, the importance of the Declaration of Mexico, the institutional policies that affect Open Access, repositories, self-archive and web proposals so that authors may find the best journal to publish open.
Members
Coordinator:
Remedios Melero
CSIC, Spain
Melero holds a PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of Valencia. She’s a tenured scientist at the “Agrochemical and Food Technology Institute” (Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de los Alimentos), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). She’s is also editor of the journal Food Science and Technology International. Former vice president of the European Association of Science Editors (2012). She’s is professor in the Master program Digital Documentation at Pompeu Fabra University and she’s member of Redalyc’s and Scielo España’s scientific committee. She’s part of the team “Open Access to Science for the study of journals, repositories and open access institutional policies.” She’s participated in the European project NECOBELAC for the dissemination and creation of networks regarding scholarly publishing and open access to science between Latin America and Europe.