Open access in India

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In India, open access to scholarly communication has been developing for several decades. During May 2004, two workshops were organised by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai[1] which laid the foundation for the Open Access movement in India. In 2009, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research began requiring that its grantees provide open access to funded research.[2][3] The "Delhi Declaration on Open Access" in South Asia was issued on 14 February 2018, signed by dozens of academics and supporters.[4] The members of the community of practice, Open Access India had adapted the PLOS's Open Access logo and modified it to represent it as the Open Access movement in India and had formulated a draft policy on Open Access for India[5].


As on date (June 2020), the Directory of Open Access Journals lists 290 open access journals which are being published from India.[6] Titles include the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, Indian Journal of Medical Research, and Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology.[6]


IndiaRxiv, preprints repository service for India

As of April 2018, there are at least 78 collections of scholarship in India housed in digital open access repositories.[7][8][9] They contain journal articles, book chapters, data, and other research outputs that are free to read. The Open Access India with the help of Centre for Open Science had laucnhed a preprint repository for India, IndiaRxiv on 5th August 2019 which had recently crossed 100 records mark.[10]

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  1. ^ "Open Access Workshop, Chennai". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  2. ^ "CSIR Open Access Mandate" (PDF),, Pune, retrieved 2 April 2018
  3. ^ "Browse by Country: India". ROARMAP: Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies. UK: University of Southampton. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Delhi Declaration on Open Access". Open Access India. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  5. ^ Open Access India (12 February 2017). "National Open Access Policy of India (Draft) Ver. 3". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ a b "(Search: Country of Publisher: India)". Directory of Open Access Journals. UK: Infrastructure Services for Open Access. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Browse by Country: India". Registry of Open Access Repositories. UK: University of Southampton. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  8. ^ "India". Directory of Open Access Repositories. UK: University of Nottingham. Archived from the original on 16 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  9. ^ "India". Global Open Access Portal. UNESCO. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  10. ^ Mallapaty, Smriti (17 April 2019). "Indian scientists launch preprint repository to boost research quality". Nature. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  11. ^ D.K. Sahu; Ramesh C. Parmar (2006). "Open Access in India". In Neil Jacobs (ed.). Open Access: Key strategic, technical and economic aspects. Chandos. ISBN 1843342049.

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