Add Contributors

In this article, you will learn how to add contributors to projects and components and the different permissions levels they can have.

1. Go to the "Contributors" page

First, go to your project or component, and your "Project Overview" page or your "Component Overview" page will appear.

Click the Contributors tab in the gray navigation bar.

The "Contributors" page will appear. This page shows all of the contributors on your project or component.

2. Add contributors to a project

Click the green +Add button to the right of "Contributors."

The "Add Contributors" modal will appear.

Type your contributor's name into the textbox and then click Search. Please note that you can search by name only. 

Search results will appear below the search box.

Click the green + button to the left of the contributor who you want to add.

The contributor will appear with permissions options on the right side of the "Add Contributors" modal.

Add an unregistered contributor

An unregistered contributor is a contributor who does not have an OSF account but who is someone you would like to add to the project or component.

Type your contributor's name into the textbox and then click Search. Please note that you can search by name only. 

Click the add as an unregistered contributor link below the search results.

If an OSF user has the same name as the unregistered contributor you are adding, an add as an unregistered contributor link will appear below the OSF user's name in the search results, as shown in the screenshot below.

Click the add as an unregistered contributor link and follow the instructions below.

Next, enter your contributor's name and email address into the respective fields.

Then, click the green Add button. The unregistered contributor will be notified by email that they have been added to your project. There will be a link in the email that they can use to claim their OSF account.

3. Choose permissions for contributors

There are three levels of permissions that you can give to your contributors:

  • Read privileges allow contributors to see the contents of the project or component, but they will not be able to add files or modify content.
  • Read and write privileges allow contributors to see the contents of the project, upload and delete files, create, edit, and delete wiki pages, configure add-ons, and create new components. 
  • Administrator privileges encompass everything "read and write" privileges do, as well as adding/deleting contributors and controlling permissions, controlling public/private settings of the project, and deleting the project. Administrators are also granted read access to all components within the project, even if the administrator is not a contributor on the component.

If your project has components, you will see a blue Next button. If not, you will see a green Add button. Click one of these buttons to continue.

4. Add contributors to components

If your project has components, a list of your components will appear in the "Select Components" modal. Remember that each component has separate public/private settings and contributor lists. You can add different contributors to your components.

If you want to add your contributor(s) to your components, check the boxes next to the components' names, or click the Select all link to select all of the components.

Then click the green Add button.