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Get ready for FSCI 2024: 

Increasing Transparency, Integrity, and Trust in Research 

Featuring virtual online courses 


An in-person meeting at UCLA in Los Angeles, our first since 2019

The dates are set and the Call for Courses is live for the FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI), which will be held:

Virtually, Online: Monday, July 22nd though Friday July 26th,

In-person at UCLA: Monday, July 29th through Wednesday, July 31st

Increasing Transparency, Integrity, and Trust in Research is the FSCI 2024 theme. FSCI organizers seek course submissions contributing to this theme, though all ideas in scholarly communication are welcome for consideration. The theme will also shape the institute’s plenary events. With the increasing prominence of AI, it is essential that the research and scholarly communication communities emphasize transparency, enhance integrity, and renew trust in our community’s work. We hope to focus on these components as we present courses on topics within the scholarly communication ecosphere.

  • Course submitters can teach a virtual course, or an in-person course – and if you like, you can apply to do both!
  • In-person courses that are accepted will include free registration, transportation, and lodging at UCLA for the lead instructor, and one collaborator, if needed.
  • New instructors and proposals are encouraged to apply. Returning courses and instructors are also welcomed.
  • Courses are urged to incorporate practical tools as a way to illustrate key concepts. Proposals that are solely tutorials for a single platform or tool are discouraged. 

Save these dates and consider submitting a course proposal! Further, please help us get the word out to your colleagues in research and scholarly communication by sharing this information with your network. As always, thanks for your assistance in helping FSCI to develop and grow.

Call for Courses for FSCI 2024

If you are a member of FORCE11, or otherwise involved in the Scholarly Communication landscape, you likely have research experience or skills in research communication methods, open research practices, and/or the expansion of research dissemination. Help your community of practice by sharing what you’ve learned in a FSCI course. The community of FSCI attendees consists of researchers, librarians, administrators, publishers, and support staff across the research communication lifecycle. Join our group of volunteer instructors and learners at the immersive, community-led FSCI, which is welcome to all and presented by the FORCE11 community in collaboration with the UCLA Library.

Submit a course proposal for FSCI 2024 here:

Virtual courses will be conducted during the week of Monday July 22nd through Friday July 26th. 

  • Courses will meet 3-5 times over these 5 days, with sessions usually between 1 and 3 hours long – for a total of 3-15 hours of course time. 
  • Each course will meet via Zoom as in prior years, with instructor-directed scheduling flexibility during this week. 
  • Courses can continue collaborative, asynchronous work between and after course sessions, as needed.
  • We seek virtual courses that leverage the online learning environment to engage our global community of researchers and professionals in scholarly communication and open research practices. 
  • For examples of previous FSCI courses, see the FSCI 2023 course list.

In-person courses will be conducted Monday July 29th through Wednesday August 31st.

  • Courses will meet three times over three days, with sessions usually between 1 and 3 hours long – for a total of 3-9 hours of course time. 
  • The courses will be conducted in state-of-the-art classrooms at the UCLA Library.
  • We seek in-person courses that lean upon course discussion and group work, to allow interdisciplinary networking and relationship building to flourish.

If you have questions about course scope or any other issues, please contact to discuss how your course idea aligns with FSCI’s attendees.

Submission deadline: Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

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