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

  • Maximizing the use of evidence

    Hi all, How can we use evidence to improve programs and projects? An American Evaluation Association (AEA) survey found that more than two thirds of evaluation results do not get used. Simply reiterating our conclusions—only this time louder and more slowly—isn’t an effective strategy to get […]

  • RE: [scisip] Journal Prestige and Reliability

    Hi Steve, Do you agree with the author’s conclusion (“there is no evidence that articles published in higher ranking journals are methodologically stronger”)? To me anyway, it isn’t supportable for two main reasons: 1. His study is based on impact factors, which are a notoriously inept […]

  • Fake 'Star Trek: Voyager' study gets published by scientific journal

    Okay---I know we all take this stuff seriously, but as a Trekkie I’m kind of excited by this particular bit of fakery---I’d love to see the actual article! Here’s the video clip: Fake 'Star Trek: Voyager' study gets published by scientific journal, […]

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