FORCE11 Endorsement Policy

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Below is a new, proposed endorsement policy for FORCE11 community consideration posted November 12, 2019.  The first section is the new text as submitted for review, the second section shows the redline (highlighting edits made to existing policy), and the third section offers a clean view of our current policy.  

The main differences are: A. the policy now explicitly states our vision is for a future that is more open, equitable and B. the policy no longer states that our policy is to never make endorsements.  Instead it leaves open the possibility to endorse but states that our endorsements are not necessarily exclusive. 

Community comments are welcome through January 31, 2020.  Please feel free to leave comments in the comment box at the bottom of this page or inline using the embedded hypothes.is-powered annotation tool.  

 

PROPOSED REVISED POLICY

(This section is the revised text submitted for community review.)

Force11 is a common ground for all interested in the Future of Research Communication. Members and sponsors of Force11 include commercial and non-profit publishers, funders, libraries, scholarly societies, universities, other private and public sector organisations, and individual researchers, librarians, publishing professionals, corporate and public sector managers.

These members approach research communication with different interests, concerns, and levels of participation. Often these interests are complementary. Sometimes they may be competing. However, all of us are working toward a more open, equitable future for research communication.

While we have a vision of research being more open and participatory for everyone, everywhere, Force11 is not an advocacy organization. Instead, we are an organization for the harmonization of community views. It acts by convening communities of interest from within its membership but the organization does not presume to speak for its members. It creates a space for members to work together to solve common problems and discuss questions of mutual interest and it encourages its members to become engaged in the world of research communications and to participate in external initiatives and organizations. 

Force11 does work with external agencies and organizations and it does support specific, member-initiated and member-developed initiatives. This cooperation and endorsement, however, is intended to be non-exclusive. The fact that Force11 cooperates with one organization or supports one specific initiative does not rule out member-initiated work with other different, perhaps even competing, initiatives and organizations.

 

CURRENT POLICY (REDLINED)

(This section allows you to see the changes made to our current endorsement policy in order to create the proposed version above. Additions are in green and italics. Deletions are in red and strikethrough.)

Force11 is a common ground for all interested in the Future of Research Communication. Members and sponsors of Force11 include commercial and non-profit publishers, funders, libraries, scholarly societies, universities, other private and public sector organisations, and individual researchers, librarians, publishing professionals, corporate and public sector managers.

These members approach research communication with different interests, concerns, and levels of participation. Often these interests are complementary. Sometimes they may be competing. However, all of us are working toward a more open, equitable future for research communication.

For this reason, Force11 does not itself certify or endorse external initiatives. It While we have a vision of research being more open and participatory for everyone, everywhere, Force11 is not an advocacy organization. Instead, we are but an organization for harmonization of community views. It acts by convening communities of interest from within its membership but the organization does not presume to speak for its members. It creates space for members to work together to solve common problems and discuss questions of mutual interest and it encourages its members to become engaged in the world of research communications and to participate in external initiatives and organizations. But it does not take a position on such external activities or initiatives in its own name beyond supporting research and development work in its field.

Force11 does work with external agencies and organizations and it does support specific, member-initiated and member-developed initiatives. This cooperation and endorsement support, however, is intended to be non-exclusive. The fact that Force11 cooperates with one organization or supports one specific initiative does not rule out member-initiated work with other different, perhaps even competing, initiatives and organizations.

Where a working group is convened through or statements are publicized by Force11 we suggest the following language: “[Name of group]: a community group/statement convened through Force11.”

 

CURRENT POLICY 

(This section allows you to see FORCE11’s current endorsement policy in order to compare without redline edits.)

Force11 is a common ground for all interested in the Future of Research Communication. Members and sponsors of Force11 include commercial and non-profit publishers, libraries, scholarly societies, universities, other private and public sector organisations, and individual researchers, librarians, publishing professionals, corporate and public sector managers.

These members approach research communication with different interests, concerns, and levels of participation. Often these interests are complementary. Sometimes they may be competing.

For this reason, Force11 does not itself certify or endorse external initiatives. It is not an advocacy organization but an organization for harmonization of community views. It acts by convening communities of interest from within its membership but the organization does not presume to speak for its members. It creates space for members to work together to solve common problems and discuss questions of mutual interest and it encourages its members to become engaged in the world of research communications and to participate in external initiatives and organizations. But it does not take a position on such external activities or initiatives in its own name beyond supporting research and development work in its field.

Force11 does work with external agencies and organizations and it does support specific, member-initiated and developed initiatives. This cooperation and support, however, is intended to be non-exclusive. The fact that Force11 cooperates with one organization or supports one specific initiative does not rule out member-initiated work with other different, perhaps even competing, initiatives and organizations.

Where a working group is convened through or statements are publicized by Force11 we suggest the following language: “[Name of group]: a community group/statement convened through Force11.”

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019