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. The purpose of this Working Group was to gain insight from these efforts to craft exemplar statements as a draft set of Researcher Bill of Rights and Principles that would state how individual practitioners expect to fit into the wider scholarly communications negotiations.
The primary outcome of this Working Group is the Declaration of Researcher Rights in Negotiating the Future of Scholarly Communication (10.5281/zenodo.5013929) , a cohesive set of fundamental researcher rights in scholarly communication that provides a common blueprint for future researcher-led declarations and negotiations with publishers and service providers around the world. It is a simple, powerful way for researchers from any lab or institution to assert their basic rights to access, contribute to, and use the scholarly literature. Another outcome is a User Guide that is a valuable companion to the Declaration, crafted to guide a researcher on how to get started using the rights and to provide ideas on how to adapt them for particular situations.
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 remains 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 continue to 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 https://www.force11.org/code-of-conduct/