[LIS-Forum] Institutional Repositories to be vigorously promoted in India!

T. Shahab tshahab at jamiahamdard.ac.in
Fri May 2 12:52:36 IST 2008


Recently I participated in a Brainstroming meet held at INSA, New Delhi
on 26/04/2008 with a view to draft recommendations to be submitted to
the GOI for changes in Copyright Law for scholarly communication  in
tune with emerging practices in the new information era. 
While it was generally agreed that research publications coming out of
all public funded researches and projects has to be made available
through open access (OA) initiatives similar to the international
practices, the modalities to achieve this aim drew passioned discussions
from various quarters representing different interest groups, like
publishers, advocates, scientista, librarians, etc. It was agreed that
the scientific community should be won over to ths concept of
contributing their peer reviewed reseacrh articles, etc for the
Institutional Archives and Repositories (IR) so that they may get wider
visibility and impact and simulatenously the level of study & research
in the country may get elevated. Different models from the international
practices were also discussed-ranging from Institutional fiats to self
mandates by the scholarly community.
 
The signed editorial by Dr. P. Balaram carried in the April 10, 2008
issue of the CURRENT SCIENCE titled 'Science Journals: Issues of
Access', which has called the open access movement a 'new wind' blowing
over the 'turbulent world of science publishing' generated great
interest. Balaram noted that scientific literature was globally
exploding and publishing was an increasingly profitable enterprise.
Large publishing houses like (the European) Elsevier Science and
Springer-Verlag are beginning to monopolise the world of science
journals; a situation that promotes a seller's market. However there are
great pressures on libraries worldwide to 'prune their subscriptions in
the face of mounting costs'. Citing the example from his experience at
IISc, Bangalore, which has probably India's largest holding of science
and engineering journals, Balaram has written that even IISc was
thinking of trimming the library's subscriptions. A current idea
floating at the Institute is that the Journals that the IISc faculty did
not publish for a few years, which were not cited by IISc authors and
also did not cite papers emerging from this Bangalore institution, were
listed. This list could save Rs.10 million (US$250,000) by way of
subscriptions.Thus it has been argued that 'the idea of open,
institutional archives' has to be 'vigorously promoted in India'.
Regards.
TANWIR

Libraries inpublished Current Science, India's prominent fortnightly
journal of research, has editorially argued for 'the idea of open,
institutional archives' and called for it to be 'vigorously promoted in
India'. India are facing growpressures on libraries worldwide to 'prune
their subscriptions in the face of mounting costs'.

It said Bangalore's Indian Inspublished Current Science, India's
prominent fortnightly journal of research, has editorially argued for
'the idea of open, institutional archives' and called for it to be
'vigorously promoted in India'.titute of Science (IISc), probably
India's largpublished Current Science, India's prominent fortnightly
journal of research, has editorially argued for 'the idea of open,
institutional archives' and called for it to be 'vigorously promoted in
India'.est holding of science and engineering journals, was thinking of
trimming the library's subscriptions.published Current Science, India's
prominent fortnightly journal of research, has editorially argued for
'the idea of open, institutional archives' and called for it to be
'vigorously promoted in India'.

Journals that the IISc faculty did not publish for a few years, which
were not cited by IISc authors and also did not cite papers emerging
from this Bangalore institution, were listed. This list could save Rs.10
million (US$250,000) by way of subscriptions.

ing costs, specially to sometimes maintain both print and on-line
subscriptions and issues related to 'perpetual' electrpressures on
libraries worldwide to 'prune their subscriptions in the face of
mounting costs'.

It said Bangalore's Indian Institute of Science (IISc), probably India's
largest holding of science and engineering journals, was thinking of
trimming the library's subscriptions.

Journals that the IISc faculty did not publish for a few years, which
were not cited by IISc authors and also did not cite papers emerging
from this Bangalore institution, were listed. This list could save Rs.10
million (US$250,000) by way of subscriptions.

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