Helping science succeed
Helping science succeed

The Open Scholarship Initiative

Working together on the future of science


OSI participants, alumni and observers are the largest group of high-level leaders ever assembled to work together on the future of open scholarship—over 450 in all. Our focus on bringing together high-level leaders has resulted in OSI developing an incredibly substantive knowledge base. This approach has also given thought leaders in this space the resources and connections they need to develop better open tools and policies.


OSI participants, alumni and observers represent over 250 key research and publishing institutions, 32 countries, and 18 different stakeholder groups in research, from researchers to universities, libraries, funders, governments, advocacy groups, and more. All perspectives are not only welcome in this group, they are needed to develop open solutions that work for everyone everywhere. OSI is the only group in the world that has taken this approach at scale for such a long time.


The work of this group has focused mostly on open access, but has also encompassed a broad variety of related issues, from open science to peer review, predatory publishing, impact factors and much more. There can be no solutions to any of these issues without a broad and complete understanding of how they are all related and entangled.


OSI recognizes—and indeed, embraces—the fact that there are many different definitions of open, that researchers have many different needs for open solutions and a variety of motives, and that the ability of countries and institutions around the world to implement open policy solutions varies widely. OSI’s main recommendations are to focus on policy solutions that are broad and achievable, based in evidence, and built on common ground, not ideology. Ideologically grounded solutions have decreased global equity in research, increased costs, consolidated power, and failed to capitalize on the full potential of open.

OSI Milestones

OSI concept development (2014-15)100%
OSI2016 issue discovery100%
OSI2017 solutions discovery100%
OSI2018 action plan formulation100%
OSI2018-19 action plan rollout100%
OSI2020-25 global actions50%


Why OSI, and why now?

Around 4 million research articles are published every year in perhaps as many as 90,000 different academic journals. These articles form a critically important foundation of knowledge. Today, rapid changes in publishing–both good and bad—combined with ever-present “publish or perish” pressures in academia are making it increasingly difficult to ensure the accuracy of all this work, keep track of it all, and maintain equitable access to the knowledge being created. OSI manages a global perspective on the rapidly evolving landscape of scholarly communication reform, and is working with partners in this space to help build a future that realizes the full potential of the open movement for everyone everywhere.


Equitable & inclusive

  • All groups and stakeholders
  • All regions and countries
  • All fields and disciplines
  • All perspectives on "open"

Broad focus

  • Improve incentives
  • Rethink peer review
  • Undo impact factors
  • Stamp out fraud

Follow the evidence

  • No open ideology
  • Understand what works
  • No unintended consequences
  • Understand what researchers need

Work together on common ground

  • New Ideas
  • Faster discovery
  • Big goals
  • More efficient spending
Participants, Observers & Alumni
Stakeholder groups

News & Reports

Getting Started

The inaugural conference of the Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI2016) will be held in Fairfax, Virginia, from April 19-22, 2016. The conference will open with a...


On behalf of the OSI2016 organizing committee, thank you, and welcome! We’re honored and excited that you will be participating in the inaugural conference of...

Ready to roll

OSI2016 wrapped up its registration process today. In all, 212 delegates will be participating in this inaugural event for the Open Scholarship Initiative, representing 15...

75 percent and counting

In early July, the OSI conference planning committee identified 225 leaders from 15 different stakeholder groups who should attend the inaugural meeting of the Open...

Conference enrollment reaches 30%

We are humbled and honored to report that almost one-third of invited delegates have already committed to attend OSI2016 next year. If you received an...

Invitations going out

Invitations are going out starting today. Stay tuned.

Almost ready

Invitations will be going out in the mail (email) within the next ten days. Stay tuned! Know somebody (or some organization) who should be on...

Open Science Initiative issues new paper, recommendations

This report summarizes a two-month long debate between open access leaders. Their key recommendation? More debate, which led to the creation of OSI.

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