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Open Science Framework (OSF)

Open Science Framework

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free and open source project management tool that supports researchers throughout their entire project lifecycle. It is one of the main products supporting open scholarship practices available through the Center for Open Science

OSF helps research teams work on projects privately or collaboratively, or even make the entire project publicly accessible for broad dissemination. OSF's workflow and storage integrations allow researchers to manage files, data, code, and protocols in one centralized location and connect with other cloud tools such as Box, Google Drive, Github and Zotero, among others.

OSF has three main components:

Click on the left hand menu to learn more about each component or watch the video below.

Introduction to OSF by Center for Open Science (CC-BY).

University of Rochester - Institutional Membership to OSF

University of Rochester is now an OSF Member, which means you can login to OSF with your institutional login and password. Conducting your research through University of Rochester’s OSF for Institutions (OSFI) platform is a strategic way to enhance transparency, foster collaboration, and increase the visibility of your research at the institutional level. You’ll be able to view University of Rochester's affiliated research through our new landing page: OSF University of Rochester.



IMPORTANT: The University is committed to the free and open exchange of knowledge, including research data. However, there are instances when the premature or unintended release of the data can result in negative consequences for the investigator or the University. Projects affiliated with the University of Rochester must abide by UR's Information Technology Policies and the Data Security Classification Policy, which provides guidelines about how to classify research data into different risk categories, and about how to apply best practices to store, share, and manage research data with different risk classifications. Data should be handled in alignment with the process for the highest risk classification of any data element contained within the system, collection, or set. If you have a question on the classification of data, please contact an Information Security Officer or Privacy Officer.

Affiliating your OSF account with UR

Affiliating your OSF account with the University of Rochester

To start affiliating your research to the University of Rochester, visit OSF and choose “sign in with my institution.” For more information, you can view help guides on signing in with your institution and affiliating your projects here Creating A New Institutional Login

If you have an existing OSF account using an email other than the one associated with your institution, you must first add your institutional email address to you previous account. Follow the instructions to Add A New Email Address To Your Account first. 

Once the email has been added, follow the same steps as you would in Creating A New Institutional Login above. If your institutional email is associated with your account, OSF will identify that account and affiliate with your institution instead of creating a new account. 

Once you have logged in to the OSF with your university credentials, Affiliating Existing Projects with the University of Rochester is simple, although you will have to do it project by project.  This gives you the flexibility to pick and choose the ones you want affiliated with the university. Just navigate to you dashboard and click a project or component from the list (those appear listed under the Primary account); you will be taken to your project or component "Overview" page. Below your project title, click the Affiliated Institutions link. You will be re-directed to the "Project Affiliation/Branding" section (see image below).

Just add University of Rochester, and your OSF project will now appear listed on our branded interface. If you have nested project components you will see an additional window asking if you want to extend the affiliation to those. Detailed information on how to do this can be found here: Affiliate an OSF project with an institution. For future projects, just affiliate them with the university as you create them.

The OSF interface is easy to learn and navigate, with excellent tutorials and documentation through OSF Support. If you cannot find what you need or have further questions regarding University of Rochester's OSFI platform, please contact the Scholarly Communication team at