Communication Strategy

Note: I’m in the process of moving this document to our Notion workspace and creating a more user-friendly checklist, which I will link back here when complete. This document will supercede the ‘Marketing blitz’ issue template here in Github.

Internal channels (FOK)

Social media

checklist moved to Notion for a trial period


Discussion forum threads

checklist moved to Notion for a trial period

Slack workspaces

checklist moved to Notion for a trial period

Google groups

Mailing lists

Facebook groups


Declarations (can we get access these mailing lists?)

Pledge sites

moved to FOK FAQ


Social Psychology


Channels that will only be used occasionally

Note that these channels are not populated when you create a ‘marketing blitz’ issue in Github, because they require a more customised communication strategy.


  • Everything Hertz
  • Road 2 Open Access
  • Blackgoat
  • PhD career stories
  • QBI


  • eLife labs blog
  • Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog, Kevin Smith
  • LSE Impact blog
  • The Scholarly Kitchen
  • The Conversation
  • Undark
  • Learned Publishing
  • UKSG
  • LQ
  • The Wire

Media contacts

  • Michael Schulson ( – contacted and Skyped in Sept 2019


  • Randy Schekman
  • Michael Eisen
  • Brian Nosek
  • Susannah Harris
  • Timothy Gowers
  • David Prosser (the head of Research Libraries UK, and a prominent voice for reforming the publishing industry)
  • Brett T. Buttliere
  • Sydney Brenner (Nobel laureate)
  • Alexandra Elbakyan (Sci-Hub founder)
  • Authors of “Reproducibility Initiative” (Baker, 2012)
  • Authors of “Reproducibility Project” (Collaboration, 2012)
  • Chris Chambers
  • Tal Yarkoni
  • Richard Morey
  • Alexander Holcombe
  • Simon Batterbury
  • Scott Aaronson (“…much of the serious content on the Internet remains sequestered behind pointless, artificial walls—walls that serve the interests of neither the readers nor the authors, but only of the wall-builders themselves. If I have a medical problem, why can’t I download the full text of clinical studies dealing with that problem? Why do so many researchers still not post their papers on their web pages—or if they do, then omit their early papers? When will we in academia get our act together enough to make the world’s scholarly output readable, for free, by anyone with a web browser?”
  • Sir/Prof. Tim Gowers (argues, journals these days exist only to accommodate author prestige)


  • see for list of conference presentations to date
Credit:Part of this list was developed by Jon Tennant @protohedgehog for the Open Scholarship Communication Strategy. May his hard work and passion for open science live on through this project.