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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.

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

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

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Spotlight

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

  • Re: 91% of open access journals are not compliant with Plan S

    "Leadership mantle" of what though? I think some of the confusion here is about whom we are in a race against. If it is opinion leadership in scholcomm, I don't think we've demonstrated that we are the top of the dog pile. If we provide a place that stakeholders truly feel they get valu […]

  • RE: 91% of open access journals are not compliant with Plan S

    This is a helpful, brilliant answer---thank you very much Eric. There are three distinct phases to OSI’s work, as described in the last several annual reports. Phase 1 (2016-17) has involved trying to understand the global landscape of scholcomm perspectives on open. Phase 2 (2018-19) is […]

  • Re: 91% of open access journals are not compliant with Plan S

    I really don't know. Feedback has also questioned what "our ideals" can really mean when we bring this many voices to the table. Our ideals, as I saw it, focus on the how we can facilitate the conversations that move the ball in a generally open direction. We are method and procedure. T […]

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