Getting started on the OSF


First time on the Open Science Framework (OSF)? Confused about where to start?  Check out the "First time using the OSF" guide below, along with our introduction to the OSF video! 

Video Description: Follow our fictitious researcher, "Sophia" as she learns how her common problems throughout the research life-cycle can be solved by the tools on the OSF!

What is the Open Science Framework? 

The OSF is a free open-source software project that facilitates open collaboration in science research. As a collaboration tool, OSF helps research teams work on projects privately or make the entire project publicly accessible for broad dissemination. As a workflow system, OSF enables connections to data, preprints, and data management and research planning that researchers already use, streamlining their process and increasing efficiency. Post your work, solicit feedback, and tag categories for others to find, comment on, and engage with you. 

After getting set up, come back to explore how else you can use the Open Science Framework! 

Pathway Description
First Time Using The OSF This pathway is meant for users just starting on the OSF. It walks you through how to create an account, along with other fundamental parts of the user experience. 
OSF Live Training Events Come meet us! Our product team hosts a monthly onboarding webinar to help users get started on the OSF. Join us to ask your questions!
OSF Training Recordings Looking for training videos? Here are some clips and full-length training videos walking you through high-level overviews and demos on how to use every aspect and tool on the OSF!
Getting Started For Research Groups Part of a research team? Establishing a research group on the OSF is an excellent way of aggregating all of your team's work in one place. This help guide will help your team get started. 
Getting Started Searching On The OSF This is a great place to start if you are looking to search and explore all of the materials on the OSF.
Tips and Tricks Looking for some great tips for following open and transparent practices? Check out our Tips and Tricks

Come across a term you don't know? Check out our OSF Dictionary


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