Open Science Framework @ UofA 

Open Science Framework at the University of Arizona


The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a research collaboration platform that is freely available to all researchers. It allows for the management and sharing of research projects at all stages of research. It is capable of integrating with many tools and services you already use such as Box, Github, Google Drive, and many others so that you can continue to work within your existing workflow. Even though it has "open" in the name, projects on the OSF are private by default and making them open is optional.

In the Research Data Services home on the OSF you will find the material we make available for our data management workshops as well as more example projects.

Help and How-to's


You can use the OSF to do things like (click each link to see an example):

  • Set up a space to organize and optionally share all the files (manuscript, data, code, etc.) for a paper. Example
  • Set up a lab page to collect and organize research group activities, operating procedures, reading lists by project, etc. Example
  • Set up a private and/or public project where you can share documents, data, and code with collaborators. Example 1, Example 2
  • Use the OSF as an electronic lab notebook to manage lab data. Example
  • Host a workshop or conference page to share slides, schedules, notes, links etc. Also see OSF for Meetings below. Example
  • More examples are on our OSF page of examples

You can also

  • Keep track of document versions to see who changed which document and when
  • Take snapshots of projects at any point in time. The snapshots are immutable and can be used to record milestones or for citation
  • Make a project public and receive a citable Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  • Publish pre-prints via the all-discipline OSF Preprints or one of the community-specific services
  • For academic conferences/meetings, OSF for Meetings can be used as a place for presenters to upload and share material and get a citable link. Material can be simply by emailed to a special address (no prior OSF account needed).

The University of Arizona Library has partnered with the Center For Open Science (COS) to provide an institutionally-branded version of the OSF. This partnership enables the following additional features on the OSF

  • Single-sign-on: log in with you UA NetID
    • If you already have an OSF account, simply sign in by clicking "Log in through your institution" on the login page (your UA email must already be associated with your OSF account). See here for a guide.
    • If you don't have an account, you can sign up using your NetID by clicking "Log in through your institution" on the sign-up page. See here for a guide.
  • Affiliate your public project with the University of Arizona. This shows the UA logo on your project and adds it to the university's OSF portal (the portal is also browsable by the general public). See here for a guide.
  • Inclusion in the portal allows your work to be discovered by other UA researchers which can foster collaborations