Iryna Kuchma wins EPT 2nd Annual OA Award


The second annual Open Access award for the year 2012 instituted by the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development (EPT) went to Iryna Kuchma for her great contributions towards Open Access in the World.

Iryna is programme at EIFL-OA which is working for removing barriers to knowledge sharing.  The blog post on OA award by EPT says that, “Since the establishment in 2003 of the EIFL-OA progamme, Iryna has been the first full-time programme manager, thus she is largely responsible for EIFL’s accomplishments in the field of Open Access”. Ms. Iryna’s achievements includes, establishment of more than 490 Open Repositories in the 45 developing and transition countries, development of more than 3,400 Open Access Journals and development of 34 OA policies in the EIFL regions. Please see here for all the achievements of EIFL-OA and the contributions of Iryna for the Open Access polices around the world.

The very first kind of this type of award for the developing countries was launched in year 2011 and the first award went to Dr. Francis Jayakanth of IISc, Bangalore, who was responsible for the ePrints@IISc, an institutional repository of Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.

The EPT had also recognized the work of Susan Veldsman from South Africa with the award of a certificate of commendation for her advocacy and training work on Open Access in her region.

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Dr Melissa Terras on Open Access Continuum with Social Media

Melissa Terras

Dr Melissa Terras: open access and the Twitter effect.

In the Open Access success stories column on ‘‘, I found story of Dr. Melissa Terras. Few weeks back only I heard her  podcast “Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it?” on University of Oxford’s Social Media Talks. I am very impressed by her talk and got all the answer to the questions which my colleagues and mentors have on the topics social networking, research and Open Access.

In the story, it is mentioned that the downloads of her paper on digital curiosities were doubled twice since the time she deposited and when she blogged and tweeted. Much of the researchers work is buried somewhere. If it is pushed into web via social networks it would reach to many and it would get due credit and also would have impact.

In the story, Dr. Melissa Terras says: ‘You can spend years producing a research paper, why would you not spend the time it takes to deposit it in Open Access repository, and the seconds it takes to share that copy online with as many people as you possibly can

You may click here to visit Dr. Melissa Terras’ blog and here to follow her on twitter.


About MyOpenArchive – An Individual’s Repository


Most of you might be wondering how you can share your scholarly works. For you here is the answer. It is MyOpenArchive, an individual Open Access Repository a.k.a iR.

The scholars can now share their scholarly materials like journal article, thesis, bulletins, books, book chapter and all the grey literature which is difficult to trace via conventional channels but is very important.

On MyOpenArchive,  using either twitter or facebook login one can easily upload his/her material. Once submitted, the materials are disseminated in the world-wide-web using other social and scholarly networks! The popular reference manager and academic social network Mendeley has now web importer for MyOpenArchive.

The MyOpenArchive was founded in September 2007 by Keita Bando, as an international not for profit organization for advocating Open Access and promoting self-archiving (Green OA) platform to enable better knowledge sharing in a way to make world better for everyone. As one of the goals of MyOpenArchive is also to advocate Open Access, the Open Access India had become partner with it and advocating about same. Now the members of the Open Access India community who have no access to institutional repositories can use this individual repository platform for sharing the scholarly outputs to the to the world socially. The MyOpenArchive now has become very popular on social networking that in Nature Jobs blog post on A to Z of social media for academics at the letter ‘M‘, MyOpenArchive is listed!!

Growth of Open Access Journals in India

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Open Access Journals in India

This post is about the growth of Open Access Journals in India with more emphasis on agriculture and allied subjects. We can see that immediately after Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002), the Indian Academy of Sciences made all its journals Open Access. To this list Medknow also added few of its journals and till the year 2005 only medical journals were added to the DOAJ. From 2005-06, other subject journals were also listed in the directory.

Only during 2007, the first agricultural journal which was added is Journal of Tropical Agriculture which is the official publication of Kerala Agricultural University. In 2008, NISCAIR added its journals and from agriculture, the ICRISAT‘s Journal of SAT Agricultural ResearchMadras Agricultural Journal from MASU.

The year of 2010 has the highest number of journals added to the directory in which Open Access Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants is the first journal to be added from a scholarly society housed at an ICAR institute.  And in 2012, Indian Phytopathology is another journal to be added from the scholarly society housed at an ICAR institute. However, there are other Open Access journals like Indian Journal of Agricultural SciencesIndian Journal of Animal Sciences which are ICAR publications hosted at e-pubs platform of ICAR and Karnataka Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Indian Journal of Fisheries etc which are not added into the directory. Hope they would soon be added for the benefit of public good. It’s good to note that India ranks 4th in the world in list of Open Access journals after United States, Brazil and United Kingdom.

Australian Research Council Announces Open Access Policy 2013

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council (ARC),  a statutory agency within the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education portfolio has introduced open access policy for ARC funded research which takes into effect from 1 January 2013. With the mission to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community, the ARC’s Open Access Policy is being implemented to ensure that the findings of publicly funded research are made available to the wider public as soon as possible.

The policy says that the ARC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication. Even if the article is openly accessible via the publisher’s website or via a service, it should also be submitted to your institutional repository. This ensures, the availability of the articles at the Australian Institutional Repositories.

We hope that in future all the Research and Development funding agencies in India too formulate their Open Access Policies for making available all the public funded research to the wider public. Similar to the Open Data Portal of India, a common portal of all the Institutional Repositories may soon be established.

Building Institutional Repositories for Global Research Commons | Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS)

Building Institutional Repositories for Global Research Commons | Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS).

An Institutional Repository is an online locus for collecting, preserving, and disseminating, in digital form, the intellectual output of an institution (INASP, 2013). According to ROAR, there are 3,340 and as per OpenDOAR, there are 2,255 institutional repositories in the world and out of which 87 are in agriculture, food and veterinary (OpenDOAR, 2013).

Most of these repositories are build either by DSpace or Eprints which are Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). These software are compatible with Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) and make the meta-data of the records easily available to the machines and makes the contents available when queried in any web search engines.

Therefore, when the institutional repositories are built and populated with the intellectual digital products, the user would get the access to the information and no matter where the information is housed. When these records use the tags like AgroTagger or vocabulary like AGROVOC which is Linked Open Data (LOD), all queried records and along with all the related data would become available. This system in practice and the will and consent of the author along with the proper archiving and sharing polices, the institutions can build Global Research Commons.


Happy Open Access New Year 2013

Budapest_Open_Access_InitiativeToday is the last date of the year 2012 which is the completion year of BOAI’s decade. Ten years back on 14th February 2002, Budapest Open Access Initiative was released. Today it has 5719 individual and 651 organisations endorsement. The ten recommendations of BOAI says that open access communities wherever possible should look for ways to coordinate activities and communications in order to make better use of their resources, should reach out to academic colleagues and campaign for open access to research articles and articulate more clearly, with more evidence that open access for publicly-funded research benefits taxpayers and increases the return on investment in research.

Now, we the Open Access India community members are  stepping into the year 2013 and let us all take a resolution that in the new year 2013, we would make our research openly available, convince others to make their research public either through open access journals or open access institutional repositories. Many of us are members of one or the other scholarly societies which are publishing scholarly journals. Lets join our efforts to make use of the Free and Open Source Software which are available for launching open access journals or establishing open access repositories. As it is said, its the will and consent of the author is required for the Open Access, so lets make this year 2013 as Open Access Year 2013.

When 67% of publishers allow some form of self-archiving

OAIndiaThe publisher copyright and self-archiving repository SHERPA/RoMEO says that 67% of publishers allow some form of self-archiving. However, when we look at the data on ROAR we have 2.95% of world repositories are established in India. This shows that there is a need to increase the number of institutional repositories in India. When about 569 universities and equal or more number institutes which are into research and development are established in India, only 94 institutional repositories from India on ROAR means very less. There is a need for greater advocacy for opening up of the access to data and information produced by both public and private funded research projects for the public good. The National Knowledge Commission had already made its recommendations for Open Access and there is availability of free and open source software for managing the repositories and making available the records for easy query and access, there should not be any reason for not establishing the scholarly repositories for public good. There are some scholarly social networking sites like Academia, MyOpenArchive and ResearchGate using which many of the students and researchers are sharing their research outputs. Therefore, the institutes/universities should formulate their policy towards Opening Up of Access to Data and Information for Public Good.