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Preprints as part of research assessment in India: An online workshop

Despite being an important open science tool that facilitates wide and free dissemination of research, preprints are seldom considered as part of India’s research assessment frameworks. In collaboration with Open Access India and IndiaBioscience, ASAPbio is hosting a workshop for Indian researchers to discuss challenges associated with current assessment frameworks and how preprints can be integrated with research assessment in India.  In order to support greater recognition of preprints in India, we invite Indian researchers to attend our workshop on June 7 to learn more about preprints and provide input on our next steps.

The workshop is free, but registration is required: asapbio.org/research-assessment-and-preprints-in-india

The webinar will aim to:

  • Analyze current assessment frameworks in India and their challenges
  • Analyze how preprints can be used to enhance research assessment frameworks
  • Identify any implementation challenges, as well as opportunities, and develop solutions

In the workshop, Satyajit Mayor from NCBS will introduce the process of assessment for research in India. Iratxe Puebla from ASAPbio will discuss ways preprints are being used in different settings to assess research.

In the discussion that follows these presentations, attendees will discuss the challenges posed by current assessment frameworks for researchers and early career researchers, as well as the opportunities offered by preprints as part of research assessment, and the steps that Indian researchers can take to drive change in assessment framework policies at their institutions and organizations. Participants will break up into groups to discuss the topic in a highly interactive manner.

Please register for the workshop here and also contribute preprint manuscripts to IndiaRxiv, preprints reposiotry server for India .

Open Access India Nominated for WSIS Prizes 2022

The Open Access India project is nominated for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2022. According to the email communication recevied, out of 1,000 submitted projects, 360 (twenty in each of the eighteen WSIS Action Line Categories) were nominated for WSIS Prizes 2022. And the Open Access India is nominated under the action line category, C3. Access to information and knowledge. The online voting is open now and closes by 31 March 2022.

All the Open Science and Open Access advocates and others are kindly requested to cast their vote for Open Access India at www.wsis.org/prizes. It is also requested to share the same aming their networks and communities.

It is to be noted that only the registered participants can vote therefore, all are requested to register here at the link https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/stocktaking/Account/Register.

The Open Access India community is hopeful that this nomination shall help in creating more awareness among the researchers about Open Access and Open Science and Access to Knowledge and shall emerge as Winners of the WSIS Prizes 2022.

To know more about WSIS and how ICTs can contribute to SDGs, please visit WSIS Forum 2022.

AmeliCA for Indian Scholarly Societies to Open Scholarship

In India, most scholarly societies only publish their journals in print. If the journals are online, they still use the printer-set portable document formats because they believe that the only trustworthy and legitimate copies are those that are printed. In many cases, the scholarly societies post their entire journals online on their websites. The new publishing technologies do not seem to entice societies to devote much of their time to them. It seems they are content with the status quo. A dedicated staff and funding are needed to design layouts, publish in multiple formats, share meta-data, and generate metrics for articles. Society membership fees are often the main source of funds for these societies, and making their journals freely available online may undermine their sustainability. Since society cannot eliminate printing altogether, they must spend thousands of rupees on the design and layout of the manuscripts, as well as the printing.

Open access is a challenge for scholarly societies! They are still unsure as to the benefits open access can offer when libraries subscribe to their journals and make them available to readers. There are several Indian journals published by international publishers. The societies want to increase the reputation of the journals by utilising the publisher’s technology and reaching a wider audience.

The scientific community and research assessment boards place a great deal of importance on where articles are published and what the journal’s impact factor is. Scholarly societies aim to align their journals with international brands in order to acquire ‘impact factors’ and revenue via international subscriptions, as well as to attract manuscripts from all over the world. Academics seem to be only concerned with how many publications they have in so-called international journals. Additionally, the research managers and advisors are not willing to impose a rule that hinders the freedom and choice of journals to publish in.

International publishers are able to bring the latest technologies to publish and disseminate literature with their funding. It is not common for Indian journals to use Open Journal Systems (OJS). There is, however, an increased usage of OJS where editors are realising the ease of the software and the benefits it offers.

Along with OJS, one option available for scholarly societies in countries like India to compete with international publishing is Amelica – Open Knowledge for Latin America and the Global South, which is an infrastructure for the scholarly publishing ecosystem and brands in terms of technology. Using this infrastructure, one can produce manuscripts in native XML formats and make them available for any platform in any electronic format which will give readers a better reading experience.

Research managers when sensitised to use alternative metrics, then they appreciate the publication patterns through the article-level and author-level metrics. AmeliCA XML can be used to create digital publishing formats such as epubs, pdfs, HTML, and so on, and the meta-data can be harvested by the interoperable harvesters to develop global repositories online. Since all the works are available online perpetually, authors can showcase their work and invite collaborations from anywhere in the world.

The editors and editorial should be trained on the use of free and open technologies like AmeliCA XML and OJS and the authors and research managers need to be educated about open scholarship and open metrics. Already, the Society of Promotion of Horticulture is experimenting with AmeliCA. Joining AmeliCA infrastructure will definitely help the Indian researchers and the people in having a free-of-cost publication and access as the advisors work on implementing a system which will offer less or no cost for publishing and for accessing the published literature. Major advantages to open scholarship are having access to digital publishing software, indexing in the repository of the global south to increase readership, and working with scholars and publishers who share the same vision of creating the world’s open scholarship ecosystem.

Cite this article as: Sridhar Gutam, "AmeliCA for Indian Scholarly Societies to Open Scholarship," in Open Access India, March 5, 2022, https://openaccessindia.org/amelica-for-indian-scholarly-societies-to-open-scholarship/, accessed on May 28, 2022.

IndiaRxiv Relaunched

IndiaRxiv

IndiaRxiv Relaunched

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 24th February 2022

IndiaRxiv Relaunched

Preprints Repository Server for India is Relaunched using Open Preprints Systems

Bengaluru, Karnataka: During the Foundation Day celebrations of the Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH), IndiaRxiv (India Archive), preprints repository server for India was relaunched on the SPH’s webserver using Public Knowledge Project’s free & open source software, Open Preprints Systems. Previously, the Centre for Open Science was hosting the repository using Open Science Framework. Preprints are versions of articles that have not yet been submitted to a journal for peer review.

Now, Indian researchers can archive and distribute their first drafts of articles to receive early feedback from peers and improve them before submitting them to journals,” says Dr. B. N. S. Murthy, Director, ICAR-IIHR and President, SPH after the re-launch of the repository. “Scientists can share preprints immediately and need not wait too long to publish.”

Features and benefits of IndiaRxiv include.

  • One-stop portal for Indian researchers’ early works.
  • Preprint server allow immediate sharing of research results and can provide quick feedback to help in the revision and preparation of a manuscript.
  • A community of practice, Open Access India, manages the India Archive preprint repository.

IndiaRxiv has now a sustainable home” says, Dr. Sridhar Gutam, Convenor, Open Access India while thanking the host, SPH.

The India Archive will be accepting the submissions at https://indiarxiv.org/. More information on IndiaRxiv is available at https://indiarxiv.in/

About Society for Promotion of Horticulture: The Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH) is hosted at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (ICAR-IIHR), Bengaluru. The society is publishing Journal of Horticultural Sciences since June 2006 whose articles are all open access and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. The journal does not charge for publication of articles and recently received the DOAJ Seal for demonstrating best practices in open access publishing. It is now ranked within the top ten percent of journals included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Visit https://sph.iihr.res.in/ for more information.

About Open Access India: The Open Access India community of practice was initiated as a Facebook group on 8th July 2011. Community members work on the Advocacy and Development of community e-infrastructure, capacity building, and framework for policies related to Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. Find out more at https://openaccessindia.org/.

Sridhar Gutam
ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research | Open Access India
sridhar.gutam@icar.gov.in | sridhar@openaccessindia.org
+91-9005760036

Source: IndiaRxiv Relaunched

Honorable mention for Open Access India in the 2022 Open Scholarship Awards

The Canadian Social Knowledge Institute and its partners established the Open Scholarship Awards (2022) to honor the efforts of various stakeholders to foster open scholarship.

Open Access India received an honorable mention as part of the ‘Open Scholarship Awards (2022)‘. ‘The Indian Community Cookbook Project‘ is another Indian project that won an award under the ‘Emerging Open Scholarship Awards (2022)’. 

The Canadian Social Knowledge Institute (C-SKI) is actively involved in issues related to open social scholarship. In its award announcement post, the C-SKI states, “Open scholarship encompasses open access, open data, open education, and other related movements to make scholarly work more efficient, more accessible, and more accessible to academics and nonacademics alike.”. 

As a community of practice for an open scholarship, Open Access India has been engaged in several crowdsourcing projects in India and is now re-launching IndiaRxiv, a preprint repository for India.

Read more about awards at https://etcl.uvic.ca/2022/01/25/2022-open-scholarship-awards/

Cite this article as: Sridhar Gutam, "Honorable mention for Open Access India in the 2022 Open Scholarship Awards," in Open Access India, January 26, 2022, https://openaccessindia.org/honorable-mention-for-open-access-india-in-the-2022-open-scholarship-awards/, accessed on May 28, 2022.
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