This census assesses factors influencing the sustainability and “fit-for-purpose” of Scholarly Communication Resources (SCRs) - tools, services, and systems. It is intended to help to guide development of and investments in scholarly communication infrastructures. We welcome responses from any Scholarly Communication Resource active in the world today.

(Link to PDF version of survey, for reference)

We expect this survey to take between 1.5-3 hours to complete, including the time spent researching and/or asking questions of other members of your SCR team. Before you begin, we recommend that you have available some of the documents listed below.

Please note that we know there is an American and English-speaking bias to the current census. Those answering from other geographical/national contexts, please help us improve future iterations by citing the appropriate categories for your context in the open text boxes provided.

List of documents you will be glad to have in front of you….
(Note: most SCRs will only have some of these documents; these are not in any way required for participation)
  1. Incorporation documents, hosting contracts, and/or applications for particular business statuses, e.g., Benefit Corp or 501c3 applications
  2. Mission, vision, and values for your SCR
  3. Strategic plan
  4. Market Analysis
  5. Code of Conduct or Community Standards documentation
  6. Budgets for 2015, 2016, 2017
  7. Final revenues, expenditures, and net numbers for 2015, 2016, 2017 (e.g., US 990 tax return or your local equivalent)
  8. Annual report (or an annual report from your host institution that includes your SCR)
  9. A report you deliver to your stakeholders
  10. Conflict of Interest policy

Data Privacy

Individual and aggregate data and documents shared by respondents will only be used for the following purposes and under the following circumstances.

All data:
  1. Analysis by the “Mapping the Scholarly Infrastructure” ( project team, the Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools (JROST) ( project team, and the Invest in Open Initiative (
  2. Aggregated data will be analyzed, reported on, and offered as an open, anonymized dataset for reuse (no individual SCR’s data will be identifiable)
  3. SCR names of all responding SCRs will be collated and included with the dataset; individual respondent names will not be shared 
Data for which additional permissions are granted:
    1. Respondents can explicitly grant permissions to the research team to share their individual SCR’s response with the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS);
    2. Respondents can explicitly grant permissions to share their individual SCR's response publicly.

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