The Census of Scholarly Communication Infrastructure is now open for completion by scholarly communication resources (tools, services, platforms). We invite projects and programs, for profit and nonprofit corporations, and hosted initiatives of all kinds to contribute to this growing body of information.

  • Sign Up to Participate: We will send you a login that will enable you to start and stop the survey at your convenience.
  • Participate in the Census: You can also just take the census without signing up, which means you have to complete it in one sitting.
  • PDF of the Census Instrument: Preview all the questions on the survey, some of which you won’t have to answer due to the branching logic of the survey.


We seek to deepen our understanding of 1) the organizational and technical infrastructures represented within existing scholarly communication resources (tools, services, platforms); and 2) the funding and investment models that currently support these tools, services, and platforms.

In the Spring 2019, we developed and launched a Census of Scholarly Communication Infrastructure. This Census has been completed by more than 40 invited scholarly communication resources, and it provides baseline and aggregate data that help us to better understand the organizational and technical infrastructures currently supporting the scholarly communication system.

The report “Mapping the Scholarly Communication Landscape – 2019 Census” based on the first round of the census was published in June of 2019. Katherine Skinner also reflected on this effort in her post “Why Are So Many Scholarly Communication Infrastructure Providers Running a Red Queen’s Race?” by Katherine Skinner.

We plan to close the second round of the census on 1 September 2019.


Those who completed the survey during its pilot launch in Spring 2019 include the following:

  1. Academic Preservation Trust
  2. Arch
  3. arXiv
  4. ASAPbio
  5. Blacklight
  6. CLOCKSS Archive
  7. Collaborative Knowledge Foundation
  8. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  9. DOI Fabrica, DataCite Search, Make Data Count, Event Data
  10. DSpace
  11. eScholarship
  12. Europe PMC
  13. Figshare
  14. Fulcrum
  15. HathiTrust
  16. Humanities Commons
  17. Hypothes.is Project
  18. Impactstory/Unpaywall
  19. International Image Operability Framework (IIIF)
  20. Islandora
  21. LOCKSS Program
  22. Manifold Scholarship
  23. MDPI
  24. MetaArchive Cooperative
  25. Open Knowledge Maps – Verein zur Förderung der Sichtbarkeit wissenschaftlichen Wissens
  26. OpenAIRE – Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe
  27. OpenCitations
  28. OpenEdition Center
  29. ORCID
  30. OSF
  31. Preservica
  32. Public Knowledge Project
  33. Publons
  34. PubPub
  35. RightsLink Author
  36. Samvera
  37. Synapse Platform
  38. Texas Digital LIbrary
  39. The Center For Scientific Integrity
  40. Ubiquity Press
  41. Ubiquity Press platform
  42. Unsilo

Questions, Ideas, or Comments?

Contact Mike Roy mdroy@middlebury.edu