The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship

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Sponsors and funders have always been a big part of the FORCE11 community. We’ve run as an organization with grants from funders. 

Both FSCI and the FORCE11 annual conference rely on sponsorship from many different partners. In acknowledgment of this support, we design sponsorship packages that will allow for maximum visibility before, during, and after the events.

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. Individually and collectively, we aim to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology. Formulated in 2011 with the iconic “Beyond the PDF” meeting, the FORCE11 annual conference has continued to provide a forum to exchange ideas and strategize new developments in research communication. 

In coordination with the UCLA Library, FORCE11 will conduct three events over 2024 – FSCI virtual (July 22-26), FSCI In-Person (July 29-31) and the FORCE11 Annual Conference (Aug 1-3). 

  • In-person FSCI began in 2017 and ran successfully for three years through 2019.  It is a dynamic summer institute that gathers instructors and attendees from around the globe.  Gathered on a college campus for a week, attendees engage in courses taught by community members on a variety of topics in scholarly communication.
  • Virtual FSCI has been operating since 2020, and has successfully attracted participants from over 40 countries on 6 continents each year, keeping the community engaged on these topics.  This inexpensive modality allows for the worldwide participation of scholarly communication professionals, and we wish to continue this wider engagement.
  • The FORCE11 Annual Conference was first staged in 2011, and the most recent in-person event happened in 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. FORCE11’s conference has always been a unique forum where researchers and scholarly communications specialists from publishing organizations, libraries and intermediaries can gather to discuss the future of research communication. After moving to a virtual footing because of the pandemic, with the generous support of the UCLA Library, FORCE11 conference will be returning to an in-person format in 2024! This conference draws research professionals, librarians, administrators, publishers, and technical support into one space to discuss the latest developments in the field, and discuss strategies for the more effective application of Open Science programs and initiatives.

Both in-person events have a capacity of around 160 or more, and the virtual event has a larger capacity, adding up to potentially 500+ active participants. Some of the FSCI & conference sessions will be recorded and made available freely to the community after the event. We work hard to ensure that the global FORCE11 community is represented; Scholarship programs will help provide opportunities to members of the Global South to attend and contribute to our conversations. Additionally, all events will garner views from hundreds more when plenaries and other items made available online post-conference.  

  • Our online platform for the entire three events, Whova, has many opportunities to share sponsor branding throughout the conference.
  • During the in-person events, the UCLA Library can provide space for sponsors to have a table to actively display their wares & interact with patrons.

This year’s FSCI theme is Increasing Transparency, Integrity, and Trust in Research. Currently the FSCI committee is choosing from 32+ course submissions, 20 new courses will join eight returning courses in the 2024 curriculum. We will have instructors from all six continents and depending on the level of scholarship support, we intend to draw attendees from all six continents.

The FORCE11 Conference team is still formulating its theme, but it will be focusing on the next generation of tools, services and approaches to research communication, the conference will engage leaders from across our community. We will be gathering ideas from these sessions that will propel changes that improve knowledge creation and exchange, which FORCE11 will then advance through consensus groups. This successful model has advanced work on data citation, FAIR data sharing, software citation and other FORCE11 outputs

During the in-person week, sponsorship opportunities include a reception in the UCLA Library and several all-event plenaries, all of which can be named with sponsors. There are many other opportunities for interaction and sponsorship – poster sessions, networking hubs, coffee hours, and other opportunities. By sponsoring these events your organization will not only enjoy exposure to a global audience, but also ensures this vital part of our scholarly community continues to thrive. See below for more details on the different levels of sponsorship.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Options for FORCE11 2024 & FSCI Combined


  • Booth / Physical presence at the meeting
  • Primary display of sponsorship on website, plenary slides. And event swag
  • Everything in the Platinum package


  • Official sponsor of a session or social event 
  • One free registration to all events
  • Sponsor acknowledgements during both FSCI & the FORCE11 conference sessions
  • Everything in the Gold package


  • Sponsorship acknowledgement in social media and email announcements and communications
  • Everything in the Silver package


  • Online program listing on Whova event platform and the FORCE11 website 

The following programs are contingent upon sponsorship support! The more money we raise, the more we can offer this fellowships & grants.

Travel Fellowships:

FORCE11 will provide support for each awardee of a travel fellowship, selected by a review committee in the first few weeks of registration.  Flights and lodging will be covered at cost, and registration provided for free. The goal is to bring balance to the conference, and insure attendance from around the globe.   We estimate $1500 – 2K per person from outside the US, and $1000 – $1500 for domestic recipients. 

The 1K Challenge:

This competitive challenge will award $1000 seed grants to participants with interesting research or outreach ideas, selected by a review panel.  This program was done at previous conferences and was a great success.  

Donations to FORCE11 in any amount are always welcome!