Prospects of Open Access to Indian Agricultural Research: A Case Study of ICAR

Guttikonda, Aneeja and Gutam, Sridhar Prospects of Open Access to Indian Agricultural Research: A Case Study of ICAR. First Monday, 2009, vol. 14, n. 7. [Journal article (Unpaginated, i.e., html or from an issue unpaginated)]

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Historically, agricultural research and education in India have been in the public domain. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was established as an apex organization for effective research coordination among institutions and promotion of agricultural research in the country. For the dissemination of research output, the research journal publishing in India have been, for long, primarily a public funded activity and done mostly by Government agencies like ICAR organizations supported by it. Though many of these journals are distributed for international indexing, full–text database services are very poor. Many of them are not even in the ISI Master Journal list for impact factor or science citation index analysis. The main objective of each author is to have more impact, visibility and readership for their work. These journals publish quality articles after stringent peer review process, but the time lag from submission to publication of an article or production of issue is long. The infrastructure for publishing online is also not available for these journals. Recently, some provisions have been established for providing free online access of journals being published by professional societies. Now the availability of open source software for the transformation of traditional journals into open access journals and the establishment of open archive online repositories for archiving research can make agricultural research accessible to much larger audiences. The paper argues that this will increase the visibility of research output and eventually lead to an enhanced impact factor for many Indian journals.

Item type: Journal article (Unpaginated, i.e., html or from an issue unpaginated)
Keywords: Open Access, ICAR, India
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BA. Use and impact of information.
Depositing user: Sridhar Gutam
Date deposited: 21 Apr 2011
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:18
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/15551

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