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Open Science Framework

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free and open source web application built by the Center for Open Science that provides all researchers with a mechanism to organize, collaborate, share, and store components of their research projects. Features of the OSF include:

  • Individual user dashboards to manage multiple projects, both private and public
  • Collaborative capabilities to share data within and beyond institutions and research groups
  • Version control measures
  • Access control at both project and file levels
  • Persistent identifiers for all work and a platform to register and share work, whether in process or complete
  • Add-ons for bringing together documents, data, code, and related products that are stored in different spaces such as Github, Google Drive, and Dropbox

OSF is designed to function with your workflow and to facilitate sharing at any point in the research process, either privately among your peers, or publicly with a persistent identifier and a citation.


MIT affiliates can now sign into OSF with your MIT credentials here (Choose “login” and then select “login through your institution”). Use this OSF for MIT portal to affiliate your public projects with MIT, view public projects with which others at MIT are involved, and make serendipitous connections for future collaborations.


  • OSF Guides provide detailed information on topics such as security and privacy, sharing projects, setting up add ons, and more.
  • Visit the OSF FAQ for answers to common OSF questions.
  • OSF also offers OSF Preprints. Don’t know what preprints are or are interested in exploring preprint options? Contact the Scholarly Publishing team at

If you would like assistance using OSF for MIT or need help determining if OSF will meet your needs, contact Data Management Services at