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FSCI 2020
August 3 – 7 UCLA, Los Angeles, USA 

@force11rescomm #FSCI #FSCI2020


FSCI is a week-long summer school that brings the latest developments in research communication to the research community in a fun and informative way. Instructors include leading researchers and practitioners from the world of research, libraries, publishing, and research administration. Courses range from basic orientation to the new standards and expectations, to classes on the emerging topics in open research. Its goal is to provide a friendly, community-based way of learning about and keeping up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and opportunities that are transforming the way science and scholarship is done. FSCI offers 25+ courses, and each student selects 3 courses; one 13-hour Morning course and two 6-hour afternoon courses. Courses cover new and emerging topics in scholarly communication from a multidisciplinary and global perspective: from research ethics, rigor and responsibility, data management and measuring impact to new publishing technologies and forms of scholarly publication.


Courses will answer these types of questions:


  • What are the best methods to stay abreast of funder and publisher mandates?

  • How do the FAIR data principles guide the management of our data?

  • How can we use new forms and techniques to measure research quality, maximize impact in your discipline and beyond, and ensure the preservation of our scholarship?

  • What are the implications of new publication formats, wider audiences, and higher expectations from the public, funders, and institutions?

  • How can you keep up?

Topics Include:

  • Scholarly Communication 101 – the basics
  • Making data FAIR end-to-end
  • New Approaches and Tools in Research Communication
  • Carpentry Training
  • Open Access practice, policies, politics
  • Making and Supporting Reproducible Research
  • New Communities and Diversity


While the courses are diverse and challenging and are usually what draw people to FSCI – attendees often find the most value in the community that FSCI brings together, to learn from and inspire each other.  The week is chock full of engaging plenary events designed to highlight critical issues and challenge the broad community to discuss them across disciplinary and geographic barriers.  And, the UCLA campus is a beautiful, inspiring backdrop which provides great locations for structured social activities, providing even more areas to engage with colleagues.  FSCI is more than the sum of its parts, it's a unique educational and professional experience that will leave you energized and engaged.


FSCI is intended for anybody who is interested in and participates in the developing new world of scholarly communication.  The FSCI has courses that are of interest to a cross-domain and cross-disciplined audience including domain-specific scientists, social scientists, Humanities researchers as well as those who manage, organize and publish research. FSCI is intended for anybody who is interested in the developing new world of Scholarly Communication: researchers, librarians, publishers, university and research administration, funders, students, and postdocs. There are courses for those who know very little about the current trends and technologies, as well as courses for those who are interested in more advanced topics. Our courses cover Scholarly Communication from a variety of disciplinary and regional and national perspectives. We have courses that will be of interest to the scientist, the social scientist, and the Humanities researcher. There are courses for those who manage, organize, and publish research as well as for the researchers themselves and end-users. Whether you’re a researcher, a librarian, or an administrator, you’ll encounter new ideas, challenge your preconceptions, and return home with ideas, tools, and tactics for instigating change at your institution.

  • Researchers
  • University and Research Administrators
  • Librarians
  • Publishers
  • Repository Managers
  • Funders
  • Post-docs
  • Students 


  • FSCI is uniquely hands-on. There are applied technology sessions, hands-on strategic planning sessions, and group activity refining existing scholarly communication practices. I don’t know anywhere else that I can get practical work with experts on so many topics in improving the scholarly process for the future.
  • FSCI really shines in pulling together a broad range of the sciences alongside humanities. I talked to earth scientists, medical researchers, neuroscientists, historians, semanticists, bio-informaticists, semioticians, proteomics informaticists… so many disciplines! Plus data scientists, digital infrastructure developers, publishers, assistant deans of research, and (of course) librarians. 
  • FSCI has a wider range of perspectives “at the table” than any other conference I attend. FSCI is global and focuses on gathering perspectives from many geographies and resource-levels. I heard plenty of discussions on how to get scholarly findings to rural areas, how to partner authentically with participant communities, and how to use scholarly communications to bring underrepresented groups more effectively into research. I felt like I wasn’t just learning out-of-the-box approaches, but like I was seeing the box as the illusion it is.
  • FSCI 2019 is a remarkable academic event. The courses are well-selected, well-run, and diverse in ways that appeal to the array of disciplines represented. Thank you for your planning, for your time, and for your funding to make this experience happen, and for the opportunities to learn from and with such an exciting group of scholars. 
  • I loved FSCI because it is the one Institute I know that brings everyone together to learn. One morning, I learned to pull ORCID data for my university into R through an API and clean the citation data. Then I discussed data sharing motivations with science and humanities faculty and librarians at lunch, and we ended up chatting about the U.S. versus E.U. approaches to data sharing. In the afternoon


FSCI is organized by FORCE11 (The Future of Research Communication and eScholarship) in collaboration with the UCLA Library. Force11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that arose organically to study and facilitate new developments in knowledge creation and communication. In its short history, it has already had an outsized impact on the practice of Open and FAIR scholarly communication, facilitating community work on such impactful initiatives as the Data Citation and FAIR data principles. Membership is open to all who share this interest! 


MORNING COURSES                                                                                                                   

Inside Scholarly Communication Today, Cameron Neylon, Curtin University; Nicky Agate, Columbia University

Author Carpentry: Writing a Research Compendium and the Future of Scientific Reporting, Thomas Morrell, Caltech; Donna Wrublewski, Caltech

Research Reproducibility in Theory and Practice, Anita Bandrowski, University of California San Diego; Daniel S. Katz, UIUC

Carpentries Instructor Training, Tim Dennis, UCLA; Rayna Harris, UC Davis

FAIR Data in the Scholarly Communications Life Cycle, Natasha Simons, Australian Research Data Commons (ARDS)

When Global is Local: The South of Open Scholarly Communication, Gimena del Rio Riande, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Dan O'Donnell, University of Lethbridge

How to Introduce and Implement Policy in Your Institution and Still Have Friends Afterwards, Danny Kingsley, Scholarly Communication Consultant; Sarah Shreeves, U of Arizona

Join the Culture Club: Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Building Community in Your Team, Organization, and Institution, Lou Woodley, AAAS, CSCCE; Bruce Caron, Research Director, New Media Research Institute, Santa Barbara

AFTERNOON COURSES                                                                                                                   

Partnering for Open Research in University Grants and Funding, Nina Exner, Virginia Commonwealth University

Advancing FAIR Data Stewardship: Fostering Institutional Planning and Service Development, Christine Kirkpatrick, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD; Natalie Meyers: Co-Chair and instructor; Melissa Cragin: Contributor/instructor

Toward a Feminist Framework for Radical Knowledge Collaboration, Sharon Farb, UCLA; Sandra Enimil; Charlotte Roh; April Hathcock; and invited special guests Gimena del Rio Riande and Ivonne Lujano

Working with Scholarly Literature in R: Pulling, Wrangling, Cleaning, and Analyzing Structured Bibliographic Metadata, Clarke Iakovakis, Oklahoma State University

Looking Beyond the Journal Article: A Guide to Building Your Open Research Toolkit, Ariel Deardorff, University of California, San Francisco; Ibraheem Ali, UCLA Biomedical Library

A Decolonized Approach to Scholarly Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Perspectives in Practice and Research, Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, PhD student in Public Communication, Université Laval, Canada, and President, Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haiti and Africa (APSOHA) 

Getting Buy-In: How to Plan Inclusive Open Access Sessions, Barbara Bordalejo, University of Saskatchewan; Amanda Page, Open Publishing and Copyright Librarian, Syracuse University; Emily Kilcer, University at Albany, SUNY

FAIR for Data and Texts Not in the Open: Overcoming Legal, Technological, and Economic Barriers, Ye Li, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries; Laura Hanscom, Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian, MIT Libraries; Katie Zimmerman, Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian, MIT Libraries

Deep Dive into FAIR Data Management for the Geoscientist, Erin Robinson, Earthcube, ESIP, NSF         

Publishers and Data Citation policies, Fiona Murphy, STM                                      

A Global Overview of the Scholarly Publishing Market: Differences Between the North and the South and Possible Consequences of Plan S, Tom Olyhoek, DOAJ; Ivonne Lujano, DOAJ Ambassador for Latin America; Miho Funamori, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

Reveal, Don’t Conceal: How to Avoid Common Data-Visualization Errors and Create More Informative Figures, Tracey Weissgerber, QUEST Center, Berlin Institute of Health                                          

Open Source Tools for Everyone: A Train-the-Trainer Course for Teaching Four Open Research Tools, April Clyburne-Sherin, Open Research Instructor and Consultant / Reproducibility for Everyone; Chris Holdgraf, Berkeley Institute for Data Science; Christine Choirat, Swiss Data Science Center; Nicole Pfeiffer Center for Open Science

Losing Our Scholarly Record and What To Do About It, Martin Klein, Los Alamos National Laboratory                                                     

Building a Journal in Our Own Image: Innovative Scholarly Communication Through Open Journals, John Edward Martin, University of North Texas Libraries and member of the Board of Directors of Digital Frontiers; Spencer D. C. Keralis, Executive Director of Digital Frontiers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries

Managing, Exploring, and Sharing Data with Dataverse, Gustavo Durand, IQSS, Harvard University; Julian Gautier, Product Research Specialist, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University

Educating the Next Generation of Open Scholars: Approaches, Tools, and Tactics, Robyn Hall, MacEwan University                 

Pathways to Incentivizing Open, Public, and Equitable Research, Nicky Agate, Columbia University                 


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