Create Components

Components are sub-projects within a project that help you organize different parts of your research. Hierarchically speaking, components are a level of organization below a project.

A component's privacy settings, contributors, tags, wikis, add-ons, and files are separate from the parent project. If you choose, components can inherit the contributors and tags of a parent project (see below).

First, sign in to the OSF, and your dashboard will appear.

On your dashboard, click the project to which you want to add a component.

You will be taken to your "Project Overview" page.

On your "Project Overview" page, click the Add Component button.

The "Create new component" modal will appear.

  1. Enter a title for your component into the "Title" box.
  2. Below the "Title" box is the "Affiliation" section. You can choose to add affiliations to your component (this is optional). Any available affiliations will be selected automatically. Click on an affiliation to deselect it.
  3. Next, check the box if you want to add your project contributors to the component (this is optional). You can add different contributors to the component after your component has been created.
  4. Check the box next to "Add tags" if you want your component to inherit tags from the parent project.
  5. Click More to add additional metadata (this is optional). You can provide a description and select a category to better describe your component.

When you create a component, the component automatically inherits the licence of the parent project. If you want to add a different license to your component, you can do so after you have created the component.

Click Create when you're finished filling out the modal.

Your component will be created.

A modal will appear in which you can choose to either continue working on your project or go to your new component.

Like the project "Overview" page, the component "Overview" page is the main view of your component. You can add sub-components, or nested components, to your component to create a deeper level of organization.

To go back to your parent project, click the project's title on your component "Overview" page.