Forum for Open Access in SAARC Countries

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization comprises of nations viz., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  in South Asia. During the 11th SAARC Summit held at Kathmandu (26-27 November 2014), the Heads of the nations had resolved to eliminating illiteracy from the region in line with the global goal of education for all. The Open Access movements in these nations are gaining momentum and the communities of practice, Open Access Bangladesh, Open Access India and Open Access Pakistan are advocating for Open Access, Open Data and Open Education in their countries. Now the time has come to have united forum effort to take forward the movement by sharing the experiences and using the common resources to make polices and building e-infrastructure facilities. Towards this, Forum for Open Access in SAARC Countries will be working with the all stakeholders support.

National Open Access Policy for India

On behalf of the the Open Access India community, we are submitting a draft of the National Open Access Policy for India to the Ministries of HRD and S&T for their kind consideration to mandate #OpenAccess for all the public funded research and teaching in the country. Anyone can edit and contribute for the policy which is available at You may see suggested wording for a National Open Access Policy here.

AgriXiv – Preprint Repository for Agriculture

Agriculture in the world is facing many challenges under the changing climate scenario. It needs attention and support for the development of adaptive, resilient and sustainable livelihoods. The research outputs generated in the process of addressing these challenges need to be made available  immediately to all those working for understanding the situation and developing suitable solutions for mitigation. Seeing the importance of agriculture and the agricultural research, there is a need for an exclusive preprints servers in agriculture and allied sciences to facilitate sharing of interim results. Therefore, the Open Access India  is proposing AgriXiv, a preprints repository for agriculture as a part of its objective, ‘development of community e-infrastructure for Open Access’ with the support of Open Science Framework. For more, please see and follow @AgriXiv.

CrowdSource project on mapping the ISSN Journals from India

The aim of this project is to develop a comprehensive database of all the Journals which has ISSN issued from the NISCAIR. To the data already available from the NISCAIR, the other related information like the city of publication, weblink, copyright policies, contact details, subject and scope etc required to make it a robust database of Indian Journals with ISSN would be added with the help of volunteers. This database would then be integrated with the databases like Sherpa/RoMEO which keeps the record of Copyright policies of all the publishers and journals. To access the project, please see visit the link here.