India’s first Preprints Service Launched

To provide a platform for the early career researchers to showcase their research outputs and to seek collaborations for improving upon the works, the Open Access India with the support of the Centre for Open Science had launched IndiaRxiv, India’s first preprints repository.

The IndiaRxiv, read as India Archive is primarily preprints repository in which the first draft versions made by the authors before submitting to the journals for publication can be shared which ensures the date stamping their work for making grant applications or for applying for any positions. This is a remarkable initiative by the community of the open access advocates in India when on the eve of the India’s 73rd Independence Day. The Niti Aayog, the policy think tank of the Government of India envisages that by 2022 when the India will be at completing its 75 years of Independence, five of the scientific research institutions in India should be amongst the top 100 in the world.

This single open platform by 2022 will be providing free (as freedom) access to all publicly-funded research outputs (publications) from India and from Indian scholars abroad. The Open Access India community believes that when research produced by the research institutes is made freely available, it will reach a wider audience having a larger impact and increase in collaborations. The community had partnered with the Centre for Open Science and had launched AgriXiv, first preprints service for agriculture and allied sciences.

In India, the academic body, the Indian National Science Academy supports the preprints platforms and has the opinion that the preprints should be evaluated on par with the peer reviewed publications in the recruitment of postdocs or faculty and also for funding grants.

IndiaRxiv is a noble initiative in maturing open access research and learning ecosystem and it will be fully indexed in the National Digital Library of India to reach every corner of the world within a single click.” – Partha Pratim Das, Joint Principal Investigator, National Digital Library of India Project and Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Kharagpur

IndiaRxiv is managed by a steering committee comprising of Indian researchers and scientists from various institutes and universities in the country and abroad. It has an advisory board comprising of internationally renowned people who are advocates and supporters of Open Science and Open Access. The community is hopeful that the journal publishers in India and the funding agencies in India will amend their policies to allow the authors to submit preprints to IndiaRxiv which accepts all scholarly works in all the Indian languages. It has a policy to moderate all the submissions and the same will be made available on the license terms of CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-Attribution 4.0 International. Starting from 15th August 2019, the preprints service will be open to all researchers and scholars of India and others who are working on issues related to India. For more information, http://indiarxiv.in/ may be visited.

Author: Sridhar Gutam

Senior Scientist (Plant Physiology), Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Ambassador, OKFN. Founder & Convenor, Open Access India. Associate Editor, DOAJ. All my works are licensed under CC BY 4.0.

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