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

OSI 2020 Annual Report

OSI made strong progress in 2020 toward our goal of developing a workable, global policy framework for open solutions. See the full report for details.

Recommendations to UNESCO on developing a unified approach to open

How do various open ideas and histories overlap---open access, open data, open science, and more---and what might a unified approach to open look like?

Open science roadmap recommendations to UNESCO

Today, OSI released its open science recommendations for consideration by UNESCO, representing the culmination of five years of OSI’s international consultations with over 400 of...

Open science roadmap recommendations to UNESCO

Like the concept of open itself, open science means different things to different people. International standard-setting policies need to take this diversity into account if...

Making the case for common ground

It's hard to envision a system more global and integrated than research. For this reason alone (and there are many others), global approaches are needed...

Common Ground in open research

Debate in various open movements, especially open access, has been anything but cordial over the past 20 years. If we looked at this debate from...

OSI’s Plan A launched

The Open Scholarship Initiative officially launched Plan A today. Plan A is OSI's 2020-25 action plan, synthesizing the significant themes and recommendations that have emerged...

OSI 2019 Annual Report

OSI finalized its action plan in 2019 and is ready to begin a suite of initiatives by early 2020. This report describes what's ahead for...

OSI debates Plan A

Since late 2019, OSI participants have been discussing what our "Plan A" should look like (this is a working title---the final name may change). Plan...

UNESCO to lead UN-wide open science effort

OSI will play a role in this effort, with our exact responsibilities to be determined (OSI is named on page 3 of the annex of...

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