Open Access Initiatives in India


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Gives an overview of Open Access Initiatives in India. It covers some Journals, Repositories and other Open Access Initiatives from India. This presentation was made at IGNCA on 1st Feb 2009 in the Seminar on "Digital Preservation and Access to Indian Cultural Heritage with special reference to IGNCA Cultural Knowledge Resources", 31st January - 1st February 2009.

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  • Open Access Initiatives in India

    1. 1. Open Access Initiatives in India Sukhdev Singh
    2. 2. The Big Question
    3. 3. The Bigger Question! Why Open Access is even more relevant to India? <ul><li>Most reputed journals are published in developed countries (U.S / Europe) and are monopolized by few publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Purchases are in foreign currency </li></ul><ul><li>Even best indigenous research is published in foreign journals </li></ul>
    4. 4. India as consumer of research results would benefit from world wide Open Access Movement
    5. 5. What about visibility of Indian Research? <ul><li>Poor in academic publishing trade </li></ul><ul><li>Poor visibility and impact of Indian Publication </li></ul><ul><li>Authors prefer to publish in High Impact Publications, hence best of the research is published outside India </li></ul>
    6. 6. India as producer would benefits from world wide exposure through Open Access publications. Exposure  Impact Online or Invisible? Steve Lawrence . Nature , Volume 411, Number 6837, p. 521, 2001.
    7. 7. Open Access (OA) means free and online access to scholarly literature that can be freely disseminated further with proper author attribution. It brings down barriers to scientific communication by using Internet
    8. 8. Open Access Publishing <ul><li>Open Access Journals perform peer review like their conventional counterparts and then make the approved contents freely available to the world. </li></ul> Lists 3834 journals as on 27 th January 2009
    9. 9. Open Access Repositories <ul><li>Open Access Repositories allow authors / right holders to deposit their articles </li></ul><ul><li>May allow preprints (pre-published manuscripts) </li></ul><ul><li>Normally allow post-prints (peer-reviewed and published articles) </li></ul><ul><li>Most reputed academic publishers allow authors to deposit some version of their articles in such repositories [] </li></ul>Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) had 1240 registered repositories as on 27 th January 2009.
    10. 10. Indian Open Access Initiatives
    11. 11. Open Access Journals
    12. 12. Open Access Hosts / Publishers
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    17. 21. Standalone Journals
    18. 57. And a Special Mention
    19. 60. Repositories
    20. 62. Open Access Repositories 40+ National Aerospace Laboratories 20099 3566 2926
    21. 63. 2381 2154 2088 2429
    22. 64. 1213 National Center for Catalysis Research, IIT Madras 727
    23. 65. DSpace at Bangalore Management Academy: Home (558 records) National Center for Antarctic Research , Goa , India (532 records) DSpace @ INFLIBNET: Home (505 records) Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (483 records) National chemical Laboratory - Pune (407 records) Institutional repository at MDI (343 records) ETD@IISc Electronic Theses and Dissertations at Indian Institute of Science (328 records) DSpace at ICFAI BUSINESS SCHOOL (IBS), Ahmedabad (213 records) Librarians' Digital Library (188 records) DU Eprint Archive (178 records)
    24. 66. Indian Institute of Astrophysics Repository Kautilya (173 records) OneWorld South Asia Open Archive Initiative (91 records) Eprints@SBT MKU (71 records) Any many others
    25. 70. Support
    26. 71. Open Knowledge Society
    27. 76. Some Other Initiatives
    28. 90. Conclusion <ul><li>We have seen many initiatives from India </li></ul><ul><li>Many are in Pipeline </li></ul><ul><li>However we need create an awareness about true “soul” of Open Access – Knowledge grows by sharing. </li></ul>