FORCE11 Active Groups

Attribution Working Group | Comment

This group focuses on provisioning attribution methods for people and organizations for any scholarly products, including publications, datasets, data standards, software, research resources, etc. The goal is to coordinate community efforts and pilot test implementations.

FAIR 4 Research Software (FAIR4RS) Working Group

One of the major challenges of data-driven research is to facilitate knowledge discovery by assisting humans and machines in their discovery of, access to, integration and analysis of data and their associated research objects, e.g., algorithms, software, and workflows.

FAIR Data for Humanities and Cultural Heritage Researchers

The goal of this group is to establish a Community of Practice for researchers, research projects, and advocacy/infrastructure groups interested in the development and application of FAIR data practices for Humanities and Cultural Heritage researchers and data, focussing particularly on the needs of traditional "Small Data" projects (small datasets and teams).  

FORCE11 Communications and Marketing

The FORCE11 Communications and Marketing Committee was brought together (in 2018) to help raise the profile of the FORCE11 organisation. We are professionals with marketing and PR experience working in scholarly communication across sectors, and we are FORCE11 community members in research, technology, publishing, and advocacy.

FORCE11-RDA FAIRsharing Working Group

This group will map the landscape of the community-developed standards and work on principles for linking information about databases, content standards and journal and funder policies in the life sciences.

FORCE11-RDA Joint Software Source Code Identification Working Group

Software, and in particular source code, plays an important role in science: it is used in all research fields to produce, transform and analyse research data, and is sometimes itself an object of research and/or an output of research. Unlike research data and scientific articles, though, software source code has only very recently been recognised as important subject matter in a few initiatives related to scholarly publication and archiving. These initiatives are now working on a variety of plans for handling the identification of software artifacts.

FSCI Executive Committee

The FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles is a week long summer school of Scholarly Communications training courses, incorporating intensive coursework, seminar participation, group activities, lectures and hands-on training. Participants will attend courses taught by world-wide leading experts in scholarly communications. Participants will also have the opportunity  to discuss the latest trends and gain expertise in new technologies in research flow, new forms of publication, new standards and expectations, and new ways of measuring and demonstrating success that are transforming science and scholarship.  To join a committee, please send an email request to

Open Climate Knowledge Working Group

100% open collaborative research for climate change knowledge—using data mining & open science publishing | #OCK @OCKProject The climate crisis of the predicted atmosphere temperatures rising to 1.5C + makes it imperative that research related to climate change be put to better use by being open and digitally connected.

Open, Multilingual and Global Scholarly Communication (OMG)

Scholarly Communication has undergone significant changes in the recent years, not only in regard to the expansion of its methodologies and practices, to the development of a media-rich, open multiplatform world, but also in relation to collaboration and participation at a global scale. We believe language and culture are key elements for fostering a more open and equal participation. Seeking alternative ways of communication related to multilingualism and bringing cultural differences in relation to why, when and how we do research, is an urgent action.

Reimagining Educational Practices for Open (REPO)

We're seeking to understand and normalise current global Open Scholarship practices within the research ecosystem. As a first step the Sloan Foundation is funding us to: Engage with a range of open science initiatives in ongoing dialogue and improved collaboration Document varied initiatives and emerging best practices in the development and delivery of crisis and post-crisis online Open Science

Research Data Publishing Ethics

The increase in research data sharing practices has brought with it the emergence of ethical challenges related to the sharing and publication of datasets, and the breadth and complexity of these questions is likely to grow as data sharing becomes increasingly adopted. There is a need for ethical best practices and guidelines which can inform the handling of such cases as they arise. The Working Group will develop resources around the type of data ethics cases which those working in research communication may encounter, workflows for the handling of different types of cases, and recommendations for cross-organizational action. We encourage community input to help us refine and expand the resources to best fit the needs of the different stakeholders.

Researcher Bill of Rights and Principles

The ongoing transformation of scholarly communication and access to research outputs has prompted the development of a variety of statements of principles and rights of researchers.  This Working Group aims to gain the insight of the leaders of these efforts to guide our work in consolidating these exemplar statements into a draft set of Researcher Bill of Rights and Principles that states how individual practitioners should fit into the wider scholarly communications marketplace.

Software Citation Implementation Working Group

The activities of the Software Citation Implementation Working Group are: work with relevant stakeholders (publishers, librarians, archivists, funders, repository developers, other community forums with related working groups, etc.) to: endorse the principles, develop sets of guidelines for implementing the principles, help implement the principles and test specific implementations of the principles.  During this process, the principles may also be updated based on feedback from the activities.