Jon Tennant

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact


Bali, Indonesia


Jon sadly passed away in April 2020.

Jon completed his award-winning PhD at Imperial College London where he researched evolutionary patterns in animals like dinosaurs and crocodiles. He was the Communications Director of ScienceOpen for 2 years, but has spent the last year as an independent researcher. He is the founder of the Open Science MOOC, and the digital publishing platform paleorXiv. He has spent much of his recent time challenging the business practices of the scholarly publishing industry, including formal complaints to the European Commission, and working with Education International on a global campaign to democratise knowledge. He is also a Shuttleworth Flash grantee, and has also won an award for this work on peer review. As well as this, Jon was the lead author of the Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development, is co-author for the Open Science Training Handbook, and is the Executive Editor for the OA journal Geoscience Communication. He has also written several kids books on dinosaurs.

Awards & Affiliations


Shuttleworth Flash Grant

Jean-Claude Guedon award for peer review

IGDORE travel award to Bali