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FSCI 2019 Call for Course Submissions

Modified: Thu, 26 May 2022 13:50:44 +0000
Published: 26 May 2022


DEADLINE:  January 18, 2019

Deadline has passed


Do you have research, experience, or skills in Scholarly Communication that you can share with others?  

Could you help improve Scholarly Communications by proposing and leading a FSCI summer course?

Do you want to teach and learn in a premiere community-led Scholarly Communications Summer School?


Submit a course proposal for FSCI 2019!

New and returning instructors are welcome!



FSCI 2019 (FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute)  is being held at UCLA in Los Angeles, California from August 5 – 9, 2019.  It is the premiere community-led and organised summer school on current trends in Scholarly Communication.  Our instructors are community members who are passionate about passing on their knowledge and experience to others in Scholarly Communication and Open Research. They range from up-and-coming researchers and practitioners to world-leading experts.  The students they teach come from a wide variety of backgrounds: research, funding, administration, publishing, libraries, and information users; from absolute beginners to discipline leaders. They are eager to learn and represent an excellent source of potential collaborations!   If you have ideas for a course that could help other members of the community navigate this new world, then we want to hear from you! New and returning instructors are welcome!


FSCI has two types of course.

  • Morning courses: (13 hours each), Monday (2.5 hours), Tuesday (3.5 hours), Wednesday (no AM Courses), Thursday (3.5 hours) and Friday (3.5 hours) with a coffee break each day.  

  • Afternoon courses (6 hours each) –  Two sets of afternoon courses are scheduled.  Monday (3 hours)/Tuesday (3 hours) and Wednesday (3 hours)/Thursday (3 hours)

Morning courses tend to contain more fundamental material or focus on broader areas of study. Examples include '"Building an Open and Information-rich Research Institution", “Reproducibility in Theory and Practice” and “Inside Scholarly Communications Today”. Afternoon courses tend to be a bit more specialised and sometimes more technical. These are excellent places for advanced topics. In all cases, we encourage instructors to design their material around a hands-on, workshop format. Student evaluations suggest that attendees want to try things out for themselves and are less patient with a lecture-centered approach.  You can see some of the titles we had last year here.  



You can propose a course using our Course Proposal Form. This form asks you for a title, instructor(s), and some background on you and your proposed topic. A programming committee will review course proposals with the goal of choosing the best combination of topics, skill-levels, and disciplinary focus.

When applying you will be asked to provide a title of your course as you wish it to be displayed on the program as well as the abstract describing the course.  You may view the 2018 course titles and abstracts as examples



FSCI will provide basic technical support for instructors.  FSCI will provide one travel package per course which includes (1) complimentary tuition fee, up to 6 nights of campus housing and meals for one person, and if needed, coach roundtrip airfare for one instructor.  If you do require travel funding to participate in FSCI, please indicate this on the submission form.

If you have specialised needs, we will do our best to arrange additional support.