There are two ways to start a new registration using the OSF platform:
Start from scratch, where you will enter information and attach documents as you build out your research plan.
Start from an existing OSF project or component, where the registration will pull metadata and files from the project or component.
In both cases, the new registration will have a connected OSF project for continuing the research lifecycle, where you can show and share your work.
This guide will walk you through both approaches to submit to the OSF Registry. If you want to submit to a branded registry hosted on the OSF infrastructure, read our guide “Submit to a Community Operated Registry”.
Note: If you plan to submit your registration for blinded peer-review, check to make sure that no identifying information is included in any of the metadata or attached documents when you submit your registration. After submission, you can create a view-only link to anonymize and share for peer review. The anonymized type of view only link will remove your name on the "Registration Overview" page and the "Authors" section of the registration metadata. Once you submit a registration, you will not be able to edit or make changes to it.
Start a Registration from Scratch
Click “Create draft”, and you will be taken to the draft registration template. Now, you can begin filling in the registration metadata and providing responses to the registration template you selected.
An email containing the link to this registration draft will be sent to your OSF affiliated email address. Important: Save this link for future access to your draft registration.
Select the registration template that best fits your research project. You can learn more about the different registration forms that are available on OSF in the guide “Understand Registration Forms”. If these forms do not align with your research project, visit our “Templates of OSF Registrations Forms'' project wiki. The section “Not Available on OSF '' includes more information on several registration templates that are coming soon or are available on other platforms.
If you need further support in selecting the appropriate registration template for your research, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Click “No” for “Step 1: Do you have content for registration in an existing OSF project?”, indicating that you do not have an existing OSF project or component to create the new registration from.
The “Add New Registration” page will appear.
Click “Add New” in the navigation bar.
Click the dropdown next to “OSF Home”, and then click ”OSF Registries”. The OSF Registry landing page will appear.
Start a Registration from an Existing Project or Component
There are 2 convenient ways of starting a new registration from an existing OSF project or component.
From the Project or Component's Registration Tab
Navigate to your “Dashboard”.
Find the project that contains the content you want to register. There are a couple ways to search projects:
Search by project name.
- Click “My Projects” and search through your “My Projects” page. You can read more about managing, organizing, and searching for projects in our article “Manage Your Projects”.
Open the “Registrations” tab on the project or component that you want to include in the registration. Follow the sub-steps below for details.
If you want to register a project
Click “Registrations” in the sub navigation pane. This will allow you to create a registration of the entire project, along with any components you want to include. Later in the process you can select which components to include in the registration, or select all.
If you want to register a component of a project
Click to open the component you want to register. This will open up the component’s page.
Click “Registrations”. This will allow you to register only this component’s contents and any subcomponents it may have. Later in the process you can select which subcomponents to include in the registration.
Click the “New registration” button, and a window will appear with different research registration templates.
Select a research registration template from the list, then click the “Create draft” button. The selected template will appear.
Check out our article "Edit a Draft Registration" to learn how to edit a registration.