Open Science Framework – Tools for Reproducible Research

Dr Karmen Condic-jurkic1, 2

1The Australian National University, Acton, Australia,

2Center for Open Science, Charlottesville, USA  

The Open Science Framework (OSF) [1] is a free and open source project management tool developed by the Center for Open Science (COS) [2] in Charlottesville, USA to support researchers across the entire research lifecycle. The OSF is a versatile platform that helps with project management and organisation, collaboration, sharing and other research activities, including preprint service. The OSF integrates many services already used by researchers to streamline their process and increase efficiency. As a flexible repository, it can store and archive research data, protocols, and materials. The main goal of the Center for Open Science is to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scholarly research and a number of products and service were developed to support these ideas.

The key features of OSF include:

  1. Structured projects to access files, data, code, and protocols in one centralized location and easily build custom organization for your project;
  • Controlled access and ability to make projects fully or partially public or private, making it easy to collaborate and share with the community or just your team.
  • Enhanced workflow for an automated version control;
  • Persistent identifiers for projects and materials;
  • Preregistration of research projects;
  • Extending Research with automatic creation of a preprint or a meeting abstract;
  • Institutional repositories and multi-institutional projects.

Recently, more specialized services were included under the OSF umbrella to promote good scientific practice and to improve scientific discovery and transparency:

  • OSF Meetings: an easy way to share ideas and findings presented at academic meetings in forms of presentations, posters or conference proceedings;
  • OSF Institutions: a central hub on a dedicated OSF page for the institutional research to enhance collaboration and increase the visibility of research output;
  • OSF Preprints: a single search interface to a number of preprint sources to facilitate and accelerate new models of scholarly communication across multiple disciplines.


  1. Open Science Framework. Available from:, accessed 31st Aug 2017.
  2. Center for Open Science. Available from:, accessed 31st Aug 2017.


I received master degree in chemistry in 2006 from University of Zagreb in Croatia, and my PhD degree in computational chemistry and biophysics was awarded in 2013 from Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. I spent 2 years (2013-2015) as a postdoc at the University of Queensland, and moved to Canberra in 2015 to take another postdoc position at ANU. During my postdoc years, I have become very interested in open science and open data movement. In 2016, I became an ambassador for Open Science Framework.

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