Announcing the PressForward Institute

How can investigators make better use of the abundance of high-quality research available on the web? As contributions to open-access repositories, journals, and social media communities increase, the task of discovering, evaluating, and sharing relevant work with peers and collaborators grows more challenging. For those in the sciences, materials like data, pre-prints, and the small, replicable study can be crucial and difficult to find.

Join representatives from the Public Library of Science (PLoS), the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, MicroBEnet, and Zooniverse to talk about methods of discovering, evaluating, and sharing scientific research at PressForward’s Institute on Scholarly Communication at George Mason University, August 13-14, 2015.

Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and hosted by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, the PressForward Institute on Scholarly Communication will feature roundtable discussions of current issues and lessons learned by our pilot partners in creating publications that aggregate, curate, and disseminate valuable scholarship from across the web.

Topics will include:

  • the impact of open-access scholarship from institutional repositories;
  • methods of citation and attribution in open science;
  • new forms of post-publication peer review;
  • creating a community of volunteer editors.

Interested in starting or advancing your own PressForward publication?

Workshop participants will learn how to

  • create lightweight publications using high-quality scholarship from the open-web;
  • evaluate open-access research as a community of editors;
  • share content in a specific field with wider publics;
  • recruit volunteer editors;
  • manage their editorial workflow;
  • and launch their publication.

Registration is free and open to the public; however, an RSVP is requested. Please register by filling out the short form at Questions can be directed to


See the draft Agenda here!

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