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FSCI 2018 Call for Course Proposals

FSCI 2018
FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute

July 30 – August  3, 2018
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA   USA


Course Submission Form


DEADLINE:  January 8, 2018 

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 2018!
New and returning instructors are welcome!

About FSCI2018

FSCI 2018 (FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute) 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. 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. They range 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!

Course Description

FSCI has two types of course.

  • Morning courses (13-14 hours each), run Monday – Friday approximately 09:00 – 12:30 with a coffee break each day
  • Afternoon courses (6 hours each) run for three hours after lunch on Monday/Tuesday and on Wednesday/Thursday. (In response to feedback from FSCI 2017, afternoon course instructors will run their classes twice to maximise availability).

Morning courses tend to contain more fundamental material or focus on broader areas of study. Examples from 2017 include “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 below.

How to Propose a Course

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.

What Support Can I Expect?

FSCI will provide basic technical support for instructors. If you have specialised needs, we will do our best to arrange additional support. In addition, FSCI will provide complimentary tuition fees, housing, and meals for 1 instructor per course. We are currently unable to provide reimbursement for travel costs to and from San Diego, though we are seeking funding.  We hope to be able to secure some funding with a focus on providing support to instructors from Low and Mid Income Economies. Additional information about travel support will be posted as it becomes available.  If you do require travel funding to participate in FSCI, please indicate this on the submission form.  

Sample Courses from Previous Years

  • Altmetrics: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed Next?
  • Applying Design Thinking and User Research to the Scholarly Communication Problem Space
  • AuthorCarpentry: A Hands-on Approach to Open Authorship and Publishing
  • Building Public Participation in Research
  • Communication and Advocacy for Research Transparency
  • Data Citation Implementation for Data Repositories
  • Data in the Scholarly Communications Life Cycle
  • How Universities Can Create an Open Access Culture
  • Identifying How Scientific Papers Are Shared and Who Is Sharing Them on Twitter
  • Inside Scholarly Communications Today
  • Open Annotation Tools and Techniques
  • Open Humanities 101
  • Opening the Sandbox: Supporting Student Research as a Gateway to Open Practice
  • Opening Up Research and Data
  • Perspectives on Peer Review
  • Research Reproducibillity in Theory and Practice
  • Scholarship in the 21th Century Building an Open and Information-rich Research Institute
  • Software Citation: Principles, Usage, Benefits, and Challenges
  • Starting Out: Skills and Tools for Early Career Knowledge Workers
  • Technology and Tools for Academic Library Teams
  • The Sci-AI Platform: Enabling Literature-Based Discovery
  • Tips, Tools, and Tactics for Managing Digital Projects in Research and in the Classroom
  • Using New Metrics: A Practical Guide to Increasing the Impact of Research
  • Using the Open Science Framework To Increase Openness and Reproducibility in Research
  • Using Wikidata in Research and Curation
  • Walking the Line Between Advocacy and Activism in Scholarly Communication
  • When 'Global' is Local: Scholarly Communications in the Global South

Bookmark the website and watch for further information.

Publication Date: 18th December 2017


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