Register Your Project

A registration on OSF creates a frozen, time-stamped version of a project that cannot be edited or deleted. The original project can still be edited, while the registered version cannot. You might create a registration to capture a snapshot of your project at certain points in time - such as right before data collection begins, when you submit a manuscript for peer review, or upon completion of a project.

Registrations can be made public immediately or embargoed for up to 4 years. Registrations cannot be deleted, but they can be withdrawn. Withdrawing a registration removes the content of the registration but leaves behind basic metadata, like registration title, contributors, and a reason for the withdrawal (not required).

1. Create a registration

Open the project that you want to register, then click the Registrations tab in the navigation bar.

The "Registrations" page will appear.

Click the New registration button.

2. Choose a registration form

Next, select the registration form that you want to use. Hover over the i icon to read a description of each form. See the Registration Forms help guide to learn more.

Then, click the Create draft button.

3. Fill out the registration form

Each form will ask you to enter information about your data and research.

You can save your form as a draft and revisit it later by clicking the Save as Draft button. Learn more at Save Your Registration Form as a Draft.

Click the Preview for submission button when you're ready to register. If the registration form is more than 1-page long, this button will be at the bottom right of the last page.

4. Preview and register

Review your registration form. Click the Continue editing button to make further changes.

Click the Register button when you're ready to register.

5. Choose your privacy settings

Before you submit your registration, a final modal will appear that allows you to choose your privacy settings.

Click inside the "Registration Choice" menu. Then choose to either make your registration public immediately or embargoed for up to 4 years.

If entering into an embargo, the "Embargo End Date" field will appear.

Click inside the "Embargo End Date" field, then select the date when you want to end the embargo from the calendar.

When you're ready to finalize your registration, click the Submit button.

6. Approve or cancel your registration

When a project is registered, all administrators on the project are notified via email and given the chance to approve or cancel the registration.

The registration goes into effect

  • either when all administrators have approved the registration
  • or when 48 hours have passed (whichever comes first)

If one administrator disapproves the registration, the registration is cancelled. You will be notified via email if an administrator disapproves the registration.

7. How to distinguish between projects and registrations

Registrations are distinguishable from projects in two ways:

1. A watermark indicating that the registration is read-only

2. A banner indicating that the registration is frozen, and linking back to the project