Accountability in the knowledge commons: lessons from Next Generation Library Publishing and the 2022 Values and Principles Summit



Values and principles provide a scaffold for community governance of the knowledge commons, engaging stakeholders in the construction of a system that encourages participants to adhere to a shared set of ethical and functional practices. This article introduces the FOREST Framework for Values-Driven Scholarly Communication, a toolkit and approach developed by the Next Generation Library Publishing project to assess a community or organization’s alignment with scholarly values and principles. The article situates the FOREST Framework within the context of other initiatives advancing values-based scholarly communication and explains the importance of assessment mechanisms as a core element in governing an equitable and sustainable knowledge commons. It also synthesizes the findings of a half-day summit hosted in February 2022 that convened representatives of values-and-principles-based frameworks and initiatives in scholarly communication to strategize a collective future for these efforts.


scholarly communicationopen access
  • Year: 2022
  • Volume: 35
  • Page/Article: 20
  • DOI: 10.1629/uksg.588
  • Submitted on 25 May 2022
  • Accepted on 7 Jul 2022
  • Published on 29 Nov 2022
  • Peer Reviewed