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Data Management Planning: Open Science Framework

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To use any of these templates, simply copy this project by clicking on the image of a fork in a line with circles on the end icon in the upper right corner and then use it as a template when you create your project.


The Open Science Framework (OSF) provides free and open source project management support for researchers across the entire research lifecycle. As a collaboration tool, the OSF helps researchers work on projects privately with a limited number of collaborators and make parts of their projects public, or make all the project publicly accessible for broader dissemination. As a workflow system, the OSF enables connections to the many services researchers already use to streamline their process and increase efficiency, and it enables the continued use of file formats and data structures already integral to their workflows.

a diagram of the open science framework with all its possible connections, which help in different parts of the research lifecycle


The OSF is the underlying technology many discipline-specific repositories, allowing for quick deposit of manuscripts and supplementary materials into spaces such as SocArXiv, PsyArXiv, the LIS Scholarship Archive, engrXiv, and more listed here!



The Center for Open Science and NYU’s Data Services are excited to announce the launch of OSF for Institutions at NYU.  Researchers who rely on the Open Science Framework (OSF) to manage their project workflows, build research transparency, encourage project visibility, and collaborate with other scholars can now affiliate their projects with NYU’s institutional membership, thus joining the growing OSF community at the university while continuing to enjoy all the benefits and functionality of the framework.

Before using the institutional login, make sure your e-mail address is a primary or secondary e-mail on your account. If you do not, a second account will be made for you. The two can be merged, but you will have to make a request to the OSF to do so. 


OSF accounts are free to everyone -- however, you can affiliate your work with NYU and connect your NYU accounts if you use the institutional login! If you already have an OSF account and would like to link it to NYU, before using the institutional login, make sure your e-mail address is a primary e-mail on your account. If you do not, a second account will be made for you. The two can be merged, but you will have to make a request to the Open Science Framework to do so. 

If you do not have an OSF account, then Use the Sign Up button on the OSF home page (

screenshot of the open science framework login screen


Choose 'Login through your institution' and then select New York University and log in with Shibboleth!screenshot of institutional login to the open science framework with NYU selected


Affiliation takes only a few seconds, and does not require any modification to your researcher profile or projects. By linking your account to NYU’s OSF for Institutions, you:

  • Get the benefit of single sign-on using your NYU NET ID. One less password to remember!

  • Benefit from easier connections to NYU resources, storage apps, and research support made available through our institutional account.

  • Will be eligible to benefit from future technology enhancements to NYU’s OSF for Institutions.

  • Increase the visibility of open science at NYU while adding to the discoverability of your research among local scholars.


a gif showing the process of affiliating an OSF project with NYU, by going to the project settings and clicking affiliate


OSF allows you to create a project from scratch or from a template. The links below will take you to OSF articles for each topic.

You can also work with the OSF from the comfort of R or Python using special libraries created by and for researchers:

  • osfr: R library to interface with the OSF
  • osfclient: Python library for OSF

For all the OSF webinars, check the Center for Open Science YouTube channel:


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