Scholarly Networks Security Initiative (SNSI): working together to combat the threat of cybercrime


About SNSI

SNSI brings together publishers and institutions to solve cyber-challenges threatening the integrity of the scientific record, scholarly systems and the safety of institutional and personal data. Members include large and small publishers, learned societies and university presses and others involved in scholarly communications.

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Working together

 Working Together
Working Together

Cybersecurity isn't just an issue for publishers. It isn't just a challenge for librarians. It is not just an obstacle for institutions or nuisance for researchers. This is an issue for all of us, and a problem we firmly believe can be best addressed sustainably and effectively together.

SNSI has been formed to help address this. Several librarians, representatives from leading organizations and other key stakeholders have kindly agreed to provide SNSI with independent advice and feedback on our program, which will be turned into tangible actions the group takes.

Publishers and librarians have a good record of collaboration to solve real pain points experienced by researchers and students, examples of recent cooperation include:

  • Crossref ensures that research outputs are easy to find, cite, link, assess, and reuse.
  • is making it easier for researchers to access articles using their institutional logins when they are not on campus.
  • GetFTR is helping researchers quickly access the articles they need from the wide variety of discovery tools that they are already using.

Did you know?

3rd largest

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre lists the education sector as the 3rd largest target for cybercrime, ahead of retail.


Fake websites and login pages linked to 76 university library systems around the world.

Over 400

Universities and institutions across 41 countries have had their networks and data comprised by illegal website SciHub.


The ransom a leading medical-research institution working on a cure for Covid-19 had to pay when its servers were hacked.