The Open Scholarship Initiative
Working together in partnership with UNESCO to create the global future of open



Missing pieces

OSI studies target issues in scholarly communication where a lack of firm understanding is making it difficult to create effective policy reforms. 


Studies in scholarly communication don’t always give equal weight to perspectives from all parts of the world. OSI studies try to see the global landscape.

Open mind

OSI studies don’t assume there are any sacred truths in scholarly communication. What do we really know about open? What do we still need to know?

Coming soon

Recent Studies


Studies under consideration (pending funding)

  • Journal embargos: Are embargos really necessary and if so, what is the ideal balance between embargo period and open? This study will be done in collaboration with commercial publishers.
  • The global flip: Will this work globally? Some are concerned the flip will only widen the access gap in the global south.
  • Publisher profit margins: What are the actual margins across various actors in the publishing industry (and why does this matter)? This study will be done in collaboration with publishers to present authentic (certified but de-identified) interpretations of balance sheets.
  • Open impacts: A meta-analysis of what we might know so far about the impact of open, and what we still don’t know.