Working together to improve global access to research

OSI2017 Summary Report

And overview of 2016-17 recommendations and 2018-19 plans

OSI2017 Summary Report


Published by Mason Publishing, online at Open Scholarship Initiative Proceedings, Volume 2, 2017. doi: ©2017 OSI. This open access article is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Executive Summary

The Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) is the world’s only global, large-scale, multistakeholder effort to improve the flow of information within research and between researchers, policymakers, funders and the public. This effort, which is nearing its third full year of operation, was developed in partnership between the Science Communication Institute (SCI) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in early 2016. There is no other initiative like this, focusing on improving the entire landscape of research communication (from peer review to open access to publish or perish pressures in academia) by working together instead of separately through dozens of individual and often conflicting efforts.

As you will see in this report, OSI participants are beginning to understand how they might be able to work together as a global community on this issue. Most participants see eye to eye on the broad outlines of this challenge, and their reports—considered together and building upon each other—point to specific solutions that can be developed starting this year with minimal funding. Fully pursuing all the recommendations will require much more funding, but our hope is that we can get started now on a tight budget and build from there.

On behalf of SCI and OSI, thank you to our sponsors who have made this work possible, and to OSI participants who have contributed so much of their time and energies to this important effort.



This document reflects the opinion of the author, Glenn Hampson, Executive Director of the Science Communication Institute and Program Director of OSI. The ideas and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of OSI, individual OSI participants, or hosts, partners or sponsors, or their trustees, officers, or staff.