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FSCI 2020 Call for Course Submissions

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Published: 26 May 2022

Do you have research, experience, or skills in Open Research

that you can share with colleagues across the disciplines?

Join the community of teachers and learners

at the immersive, community-led

FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI)

Submit a course proposal for FSCI 2020 – New and returning instructors are welcome!

DEADLINE: November 18, 2019


The FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) is the premiere community-led and organized summer school focused upon current trends in Scholarly Communication, presented by the FORCE11 community in partnership with the UCLA Library. FSCI2020 is being held once again at UCLA in Los Angeles, California from August 3rd through 7th, 2020.  Our instructors are passionate about passing on their knowledge and experience 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. The entire FSCI community is eager to teach and learn from each other, and has already proven to be a fertile nexus of connection and collaboration in the Scholarly Communication community.   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! 

FSCI Course Types

FSCI has two course formats:

  • Morning courses: (13 hours each), Monday (2.5 hours), Tuesday (3.5 hours), 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.  

How to Propose a Course

You can propose a course using our Course Submission Form. This form asks for a title, abstract, main topics, instructor(s), and additional background on you and your proposed topic. The FSCI Program committee will review course proposals with the goal of choosing the best combination of topics, skill-levels, and disciplinary focus, with attention towards diversity, equity and inclusion in the selection of instructors.

To see examples of past courses that were accepted into the FSCI curriculum, you may view the 2019 course titles and abstracts as examples:

What Support Can I Expect?

FSCI will provide basic technical support for instructors.  While teams of instructors are welcome to apply, FSCI will provide only one travel package per course.  This 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 specialized needs, we will do our best to arrange additional support.

Code of Conduct

The FORCE11 FSCI has a code of conduct and all selected instructors must adhere to them.  Please review them here:


DEADLINE: November 18, 2019