The Center for Open Science aims to make science more open, transparent, and reproducible to enhance and accelerate scientific progress and discovery. To do this, we partner with research communities to increase the rigor of research and collectively contribute to a growing network of open and buildable findings across platforms.
Our collaborative open source research infrastructure osf.io was created for such an open exchange of knowledge—by allowing users to preserve and share data, materials, code, and documentation of processes. In 2019, the OSF grew by 66,000 registered users, a 35.6% increase over 2018 and a strengthening signal that the global open science movement continues to shift research communities and practices towards greater transparency and reproducibility.
Here’s what transparency and rigor looked like for the OSF community in 2019:
The increase in uploaded registrations, preprints, and files show a growing body of open scholarship; and, one that is being matched by a steady stream of unique visitors and file download rates—indicating that the research being shared is also being discovered and utilized by research consumers.
COS is encouraged by the volume of open materials and data both contributed and accessed in 2019. Since 2016, OSF has received over 1.5 million unique visitors.
COS also celebrated the release of several major product enhancements in 2019 that helped improve efficiency and discoverability for the OSF user community. Take a minute to read more about the improved registration overview page and editable metadata along with the release of endorsements through Plaudit on OSF preprint servers.
Looking ahead, our 2020 product development goals are oriented around improving the functionality and workflows the OSF community relies on every day. Here’s what you can look forward to:
We extend our gratitude to those who conduct research openly on OSF so that others may gain insights into processes and build on existing findings. OSF users are contributing to an open and robust exchange of knowledge that stimulates scientific progress, and we look forward to continuing to support the community’s efforts by investing in an efficient user experience.
OSF is free to use, but it’s not free to build or maintain. If you have benefitted from OSF, consider supporting open science through a donation of any amount. Your gift allows COS to continue improving OSF, expanding features, and creating new services to positively impact the scientific community.
Responsible stewards of your support
COS has consistently earned a Guidestar rating of Platinum for its financial transparency, the highest rating available. You can see our profile on Guidestar. COS and the OSF were also awarded SOC 2 accreditation in 2022 after an independent assessment of our security and procedures by the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA).
We invite all of our sponsors, partners, and members of the community to learn more about how our organization operates, our impact, our financial performance, and our nonprofit status.