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

  • Re: Plan (U)S(A)

    Congress could make such a rule but it well might wind up in the Supreme Court. As a precedent, "food stamps" apparently cannot be used to buy hot foods, alcohol, cigarettes, pet food, paper products, medicine, or household supplies. But but I know of no precedent for restricting publication. […]

  • Re: Plan (U)S(A)

    It is what that means Rick. It is what they do now for non-compliance. They have done so for several years. Danny Dr Danny Kingsley Deputy Director - Scholarly Communication & Research Services Cambridge University Library e: p: 01223 747 437 m: 07711 500 564 From: […]

  • Re: Plan (U)S(A)

    And, apparently, the Plan S folks plan to “monitor compliance and sanction non-compliance.” (Those are their words, not the words of external fear-mongers.) It would be interesting to know what sanctions they intend to impose; that language sounds a bit more foreboding than just “we won’t […]

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