Organize and increase visibility of your institutional research.


OSF Institutions is a free scholarly web tool that enhances transparency, fosters collaboration, and increases the visibility of research outputs at the institutional level. The Center for Open Science partners with research institutions to create central hubs for research projects on a branded, dedicated OSF page.


Single sign-on authentication creates a seamless and integrated framework that accommodates custom research workflows and streamlines data management. You can focus your efforts on generating and sharing research, not on building and maintaining research infrastructure.

Key Benefits for Your Institution

  • Collaborate at all levels of a project within the institution and with outside collaborators
  • Conveniently share and make parts or whole projects public, and retain security and privacy for project elements that are not shareable because of ethical or proprietary considerations
  • Archive and cite projects easily
  • Connect 3rd party tools and services & eliminate silos
  • Provide visibility for ongoing and unpublished research across the entire institution
  • Gain insight and data on research collaboration throughout your organization
  • Evaluate impact of research investment beyond citations





        Connect & Organize Research

        The OSF integrates data repositories, study registries, computational services, and other services researchers use into a single workflow. This increases accessibility, usability, and reproducibility and reduces the time spent tracking down and collecting data sources.


        Manage projects

        Researchers create projects, add content, and document the activities of labs, teams or larger consortia of researchers around the world. Built-in version control, granular privacy controls, integrations with other services, and citable persistent identifiers streamline researcher workflows and incentivize sharing.


        Share work

        The OSF makes transparency and collaborating easy and can be tailored to individual needs. Share work publicly, only with collaborators, or provide access to select groups. Customizable permissions allow you to share what you want, when you want, with whom you want, and ensure that private content stays private.


        Preserve for the future

        OSF provides highly secure, redundant archiving services for confident preservation of research materials and data.


        Interested in getting started? COS will provide:


        • Mapping to a unique URL, such as osf.abc.edu
        • Authentication into the OSF via the institution’s Identity Provider (CAS/Active Directory, etc)
        • An institutional affiliation option for projects available to authenticated project administrators

        • The Institutional landing page that will allow OSF users to see all public projects affiliated with the institution
        • Support for users via email for OSF specific issues
        • Web-based Train-the-trainer sessions 2X/year for selected OSF Ambassadors