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OSF Basics[edit | edit source]

OSF is comparable to a free and online collaborative database for researchers. HGAPS stores a lot of our ongoing projects and their materials here.

Simply put, projects are made up of components and components contain files and documents.

Creating an account[edit | edit source]

  1. Go to
  2. Click the green sign-up button located at the top right.
    • If you have an ORCID, sign up with your number
    • If you don't have an ORCID, register for one.
      • You can click here for further instructions on creating an ORCID.
    • Note: If you have an HGAPS email, use it for your OSF. If not, use your personal email - this will keep your account from being deleted with your school email after graduation.
  3. Confirm your account through your email.

Once your account is created an confirmed, you can start working on projects when you're added/invited to them.

Getting started[edit | edit source]

Once you have a project you need to work on with other members, you should:

  1. Create a project and its relevant components.
  2. Add contributors and assign their privileges.
    • Administrator: Able to read and write on the project, manage contributor lists, delete and register the project, have access to public-private settings.
    • Read + Write: Read privileges, adding and configuring components, adding and editing content.
    • Read: View project content and comment.
    • Bibliographic Contributor: If you check this box, the person will be shown publicly as a contributor and will be part of the project's citation. If you don't check this box, that person is still able to contribute; however, they won't be listed in the citation.
  3. Add relevant tags to the project. (e.g., clinical resources, dissemination, infographic)
  4. Change your project's visibility.
    • Making it private: This is typically used for confidential content.
    • Make it public: This is typically for open access content.
      • Note: Once your project is public, a DOI is created for it.
  5. You can add folders, files, and images.
  6. Assign your project to a category to increase its visibility.

Manipulating projects and components[edit | edit source]

What you can do in OSF:

  • You can link projects and components.
  • You can change access and contribution status on different components.
  • You can fork and duplicate projects.

Using add-ons[edit | edit source]

The add-ons tab allows you to enable what external applications can be linked to your OSF project.

You can control these settings by going to the adds-on tab located on the light grey bar. To enable each application, simply click the "Enable" button next to each.

Here are some examples of add-ons you can enable:

  • Google drive
  • Zotero
  • Dropbox
  • Wikipedia
    • Note: You can create Wiki pages in OSF by using the wiki tab; however, it uses a different code than Wiki platforms.
  • And many more!

Sharing[edit | edit source]

In OSF, folders, libraries, and documents can be viewed from the add-on programs (if granted access).

To share OSF components, it is recommended to create a view-only link.