The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship


Researcher Bill of Rights and Principles

FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. FORCE11 has grown from a small group into an open movement of like-minded individuals and stakeholders associated with emerging technologies, policies, funding mechanisms and business models.

The Researcher's Voice in Transforming Scholarly Communications

In recent years, the ongoing transformation of scholarly communication has prompted the development of a variety of statements of principles and rights of researchers.  These statements have focused on what the researcher expects of their representatives in contract negotiations and how researchers would like to access their collective outputs.  This Working Group aims to gain insight from these efforts to guide our work in crafting exemplar statements as a draft set of Researcher Bill of Rights and Principles.  This will state how individual practitioners expect to fit into the wider scholarly communications negotiations.

Outcomes: Researcher Bill of Rights and Principles

The outcome of this working group will be a single document that provides a common blueprint for future researcher-led declarations around the world.  There will be three phases to our work:

  1. In our first stage, we will be collect existing documents and collaborate on our initial draft set of rights and principles.  Please take a look at the set of source documents we are working from
  2. In the second phase, we will distill the existing documents into a set of core ideas. And, from there, we will build a draft set of rights and principles. 
  3. In our third phase, we will open our draft for review and comment by the community.  Based on this feedback we will iterate until we have a set we will finalize and post to the FORCE11 website. 

FORCE11 is a movement of people interested in furthering the goals stated in the FORCE11 manifesto. An important part of our work is information gathering and dissemination. We invite anyone with relevant information to provide us links which we may be helpful to this Working Group. We ask anyone with similar and/or related efforts to include links to FORCE11. We are a neutral information market, and do not endorse or seek to block any relevant work. 

Our working group's goal is to articulate what researchers should be able to expect from the contracts and agreements made on their behalf.

Working Group Membership

Membership to this working group is open to all FORCE11 members.  We are working diligently to ensure that we have a diverse set of voices represented in our working group.  If you have ideas for additional people or perspectives that could bring new perspectives to our discussion, please contact us.  We are happy to reach out and invite new members.  

Code of Conduct

All members of this WG are expected to follow the FORCE11 Code of Conduct.  If you have any information regarding violations of the Code of Conduct by committee members, please contact the FORCE11 Code of Conduct Committee members listed at 




John Chodacki

John Chodacki

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