Creating Innovative Projects

Our global volunteer network creates and manages a wide variety of innovative and impactful projects aimed at reforming the science communication practices used inside science.

Improving Collaboration

Bringing together stakeholders from across the science communication community to discuss ideas, perspectives, and reforms.

Developing the future

Leading several key initiatives that will reform the way knowledge is shared between researchers and between researchers and the public.

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So now we’re global?

Well actually, SCI has always been global and has become increasingly so as our projects have rolled out over the years. We started in early 2011 with the idea that since science communication challenges are so varied across the globe, focusing just on challenges in the US would be more than enough. But as we’ve grown, we’ve realized that many of these challenges (and solutions) are closely linked.

Take the open access movement, for instance. In late 2015 SCI launched the Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Major funding for this effort has also been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Elsevier, and many others. The objective is to build a sustainable movement and a robust mechanism for direct communication and cooperation among nations, universities, researchers, publishers, funding organizations, scholarly societies, libraries, and policy makers on shaping the future of scholarly publishing – to support a climate for finding common understanding and workable solutions, and to work toward these goals together. Definitely global, and more projects like this are on the way. Until then, please pardon the mess—we’ll need to fix our company name in a hundred different locations, beginning with this website 🙂

OSI listserv conversation

  • FW: NCURA's e-Xtra 12/11/2017

    Of interest---some good articles in this month’s NCURA newsletter (National Council of University Research Administrators): Here's this week's NCURA e-Xtra, with timely and important information for NCURA members. Here is this week's NCURA e-Xtra, with timely and important […]

  • RE: You say predatory, and I say deceptive. You say new wave, and I say illegitimate.

    Hi David, Thanks. Since neither of us are lawyers, maybe one of the dozen or so legal experts on this list can help us figure this out. Here’s where the ruling mentions peer review (page 4 of the injunction): 1) Misrepresentations Regarding Journal Publishing The evidence produced by […]

  • Re: You say predatory, and I say deceptive. You say new wave, and I say illegitimate.

    > peer review then you must do a certain kind or amount. Not exactly. The requirement is that if you _offer peer review in return for money_, you must actually provide peer review. In other words, OMICS is enjoined from defrauding its authors. (I doubt that simply lying about providing peer […]

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