Open Access India and the Center for Open Science have collaborated to launch IndiaRxiv, India's first preprint service. IndiaRxiv began as a vision for a single open platform that could provide free access to all publicly-funded research outputs (publications) from India and to provide Indian scholars with a way to share their scholarly outputs. Today, on the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, we are happy to introduce IndiaRxiv. Beginning August 15, 2019, the preprint service will be open to all researchers and scholars of India and others working on research related to India.
NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of the Indian government envisions in its 'Strategy for New India @ 75' that by 2022, five of the scientific research institutions in India should be among the top 100 in the world. The Open Access India community believes that when the work produced by research institutes is made freely available, it will reach a wider audience, thus, making a larger impact and resulting in an increase in collaborations. We believe the IndiaRxiv repository will become a portal for sharing and showcasing the latest research produced across institutes and universities in the country.
“Let’s give freedom to our scholarly literature and make it available freely to the world,” said Sridhar Gutam, Convenor for Open Access India and Senior Scientist for the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research in Bengaluru.
“IndiaRxiv should now be the flagship and window of cutting-edge science happening in India; a first choice publication platform,” said Biswapriya Misra, IndiaRxiv Steering Committee Member and Assistant Professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC.
“I am really happy to see the dream of IndiaRxiv – the ‘freedom’ statement of free India – come true. India gained her political freedom over seven decades back; she now aspires to earn her academic freedom through IndiaRxiv, a noble initiative in matured open access research and learning. IndiaRxiv will be fully indexed in National Digital Library of India to reach every corner of the world within a single click,” said Partha Pratim Das, Joint Principal Investigator for the National Digital Library of India Project and Professor of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering for IIT Kharagpur.
IndiaRxiv is the 26th community preprints service built on COS’s flagship platform, OSF, which helps researchers design and manage their project workflow, store their data, generate DOIs, and collaborate with colleagues. COS has leveraged the platform to help the research communities in many disciplines to discover new research as it happens and to receive quick feedback on their own research prior to publication. COS’s preprints platform provides an easy, robust, and stable solution for organizations that want to launch their own preprints service. COS is currently supporting branded services in marine and earth sciences, psychology, social sciences, engineering, agriculture, imaging, paleontology, sports research, contemplative research, law, library and information science, nutrition, as well as national, multidisciplinary services in Indonesia, France, the Arab nations, and Africa.
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