Opening Research Together

Doable, sustainable, now.


OSI is a diverse, global coalition comprising many of the world’s most knowledgeable authorities on open access. These experts advise some of the world’s most influential institutions, and, as a group, OSI advises the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on its global open road map.


OSI participants, observers and alumni are high level leaders who come from over 250 institutions and 28 countries around the world, representing 18 different stakeholder groups in scholarly communication.

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OSI is working in partnership with UNESCO to build the future of global open research on a foundation that includes and values all stakeholder perspectives, works for everyone everywhere.

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The experts in OSI author many papers every year on open research and related issues. OSI also issues reports, convenes international meetings, and looks for ways to engage and educate the open stakeholder community.

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In service to these institutions, and to the global research community, OSI’s Plan A will help advance the world toward greater open access. Plan A participants will:


Conduct much needed studies to fill in gaps in our understanding of the open research challenge


Build new and needed infrastructure tools and resources to help accelerate our progress toward open


Develop and distribute open research literacy materials for researchers and institutions


Convene and communicate with all stakeholders, especially researchers, to work toward common goals and solutions that benefit research


Work in partnership with UNESCO and others to help build our community’s common ground foundation for open research


Lead ambitious efforts to open more climate change, health and medical research, and put open research to work


The push to make information more freely accessible online has had transformative global consequences. The phenomenon has led to incredible innovations and also unintended consequences such as crises of misinformation and challenges to traditional publishing models. For these reasons it is vital that changes to research communication are done collaboratively and with thorough consideration. OSI is committed to: gathering facts that inform reform proposals; working on reforms as a unified community; recognizing and appreciating the many different and valid interests and stakeholders; and identifying points of common interest so that we may work together toward common goals and create an open research future that is vibrant, robust and sustainable.


  • Chronos Hub has a mission that fully aligns with Plan A, with a focus on streamlining OA management in a joint and collaborative manner between funders, publishers, institutions and researchers.

    Christian Grubak
    CEO, Chronos Hub

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The latest news and developments from Plan A will be posted here. You can also follow OSI on Twitter at OSIUnited. Stay tuned!

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