Letter to UGC on Impact Factors and DOAJ

Open-Access-1Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As you may be aware that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has set up a committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. V.S. Chauhan, Member, UGC and former Director, ICGEB (New Delhi) to prepare the list of journals in which authors should be publishing in-order to gain score for Academic Performance Indicators (API) system. It is reported that this attempt is being made to address the sub-standard publishing by the authors from colleges/universities. It is also mentioned in the news that they may use give weight-age to the journal’s Impact Factor. (Source: The Hindu)

On the other hand earlier in December 2012, The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) an initiated by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) had put forth a recommendation that “the need to eliminate the use of journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, in funding, appointment, and promotion considerations” and had asked the individuals and organizations to sign the DORA declaration.

This call was taken by the DBT/DST and may subscribing to the DORA had mentioned in their Open Access policy that they may not consider Impact Factors in career assessments, promotions or appointments (of individuals in research and academics),

It is proposed that as the DOAJ is improving in terms of quality and services, shall we approach UGC and request it to consider giving weight-age to the DOAJ Indexed Journals while recommending the List of Journals and giving points for publishing in DOAJ Indexed Journals?

If you agree that Open Access should be given weight-age in API Score and Impact Factors should not be used for assessment/appointments/promotions, then please send an email to Dr. V.S. Chauhan <virander[at]icgeb[dot]res[dot]in>

Cite this article as: Sridhar Gutam, "Letter to UGC on Impact Factors and DOAJ," in Open Access India, July 20, 2016, http://openaccessindia.org/letter-ugc-impact-factors-doaj/, accessed on April 30, 2017.

Paperity. Keep on top of recent discoveries and never hit a paywall

With the beginning of the new academic year, the first multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers has been launched. Paperity will connect authors with readers, boost dissemination of new discoveries and consolidate academia around open literature.

Right now, Paperity includes over 160,000 articles from 2,000 scholarly journals and growing. The goal of the team is to cover 100% of Open Access literature in 3 years from now. In order to achieve this, Paperity utilizes an original technology for article indexing, designed by Marcin Wojnarski, a data geek from Poland and a medalist of the International Mathematical Olympiad. This technology indexes only true peer-reviewed scholarly papers and filters out irrelevant entries, like student assignments or drafts that easily make it into other aggregators and search engines.

The amount of scholarly literature has grown enormously in the last decades. Successful dissemination became a big issue. New tools are needed to help readers access vast amounts of literature dispersed all over the web and to help authors reach their target audience.

Moreover, research today has become interdisciplinary. The most ground-breaking discoveries tend to happen on the crossroads of different disciplines. Scholars need broad access to literature from many fields, also from outside of their core research area. This is the reason why Paperity covers all subjects, from Sciences, Technology, Medicine, through Social Sciences, to Humanities and Arts.

There are lots of great articles out there which report new significant findings, yet attract no attention, only because they are hard to find. No more than top 10% of research institutions have good access to scholarly communication channels and can share their findings efficiently. The remaining 90%, especially authors from developing countries and early-career researchers, start from a much lower stand and often stay unnoticed despite high quality of their work – says Wojnarski. He adds that it is not by accident that Paperity partners with the EU Contest for Young Scientists, the biggest science fair in Europe. With the help of Paperity, the Contest will improve dissemination of discoveries authored by its participants – top young talents from all over the continent.

Open Access in Happening!!!!

JAHThe Journal of Applied Horticulture (JAH) an official publication of the Society for the Advancement of Horticulture based at Lucknow in India had made open some of its articles in Open Access on its website.

The JAH had started its publication in 1999 and is making available some of the articles in Open Access from 2000 onwards. This move is a welcome sign in the Open Access movement in the India’s National Agricultural Research System (NARS). We can hope to see lot happening in the area of Open Access in NARS. The credit for this happening should go to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which recently had adopted a most progressive Open Access policy.

The ICAR had also started an online portal for hosting Open Access Journal using Open Journal Systems for the NARS and is hosting about 19 publications.

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Association of India adopts CC-BY

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Association of India

The Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Association of India (MAPAI) had adopted creative commons CC-BY license for its official publication Open Access Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (OAJMAP). The recent announcement about this on its journals web page mentions that to fully realize the potential of open access to research literature, barriers to reuse need to be removed and it uses CC-BY and also recommends it as the preferred license for open access publications. It also adds that with the adoption of CC-BY license all those players would be encouraged who wish to develop new knowledge tools and services for making the research discovered and produce new knowledge. The Chief Commons Officer, John Wilbanks in the latest special issue of Nature on ‘The Future of Publishing‘ says that “A licence that is designed just for publishers might feel safer, but it is a fool’s errand”. He also mentions that CC-BY is widely used by scholarly publishers viz., BioMed Central, Hindawi and the Public Library of Science and it fulfills the community definitions of openness.

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.