Istex is governed by two bodies:
- the executive committee is made up of representatives of the four partner institutions with a representative from the MISTRD (Scientific and Technical Information and Information Resource Network Mission) at all meetings. This committee meets regularly to discuss the project’s progress, arbitrates if required and makes decisions which then need to be approved by the BSN steering committee.
- the BSN steering committee is consulted on all strategic policy orientations and decides whether to approve certain of the executive committee’s decisions. This committee can also be called upon to make a final decision if the executive committee is unable to obtain a majority vote on certain points.
This two-tier governance system is highly reactive because it associates document specialists who have political responsibilities in STI with top level academic and research decision-makers