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

  • open access isn't enough

    In this TSK guest post (below), Naveen Zehra Minai describes how an expansion of open access may not, by itself, be sufficient to fully address the myriad access challenges faced by researchers from the “global south”---from overtaxed teaching schedules to inadequate conference travel funds to […]

  • RE: Who would you share your funding with?

    Forwarding Susan’s reply (below---it went to OSI only) and adding my own 2 cents. I’m not an expert in the area of research funding so apologies if this seems a bit tangential, but what about F&A charges? It seems to me anyway that this can be a very effective way of redistributing wealth. […]

  • Re: Who would you share your funding with?

    This is an example of be careful what you wish for... funny, in a way the peer-review system IS a kind of crowdfunding program with peers dividing up the pot among peers. And I am going to ask my usual question: can we get to some fundamental agreement on the "problem" we're trying to fix? 1> […]

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