Celebration of Open Access Week at NISCAIR

Workshop on ‘Open Access Publishing' at NISCAIR

NISCAIR organized a two day workshop on ‘Open Access Publishing' during 22 & 23 October 2009 to mark 1 st International Open Access Week celebrated during 19-23 October 2009.

Dr. B.C. Kashyap, Acting Director, NISCAIR in his welcome address highlighted the need for Open Access Journal Publishing for globalizing S&T knowledge and scholarship . He informed that 17 peer-reviewed journals in frontier areas of research in S&T published by NISCAIR, are included in important Abstracting and Indexing databases, and have a good global impact. Since last year NISCAIR had set up an Institutional Repository ( http://nopr.niscair.res.in ) in which all the 17 research journals are available in open access mode. The repository at present has about 5400 articles. Current issues of all the research journals are being uploaded in NOPR for open access well before the publication of print version.

Dr. Banerjee, Director, NISTADS gave inaugural address. He emphasized for the importance and need of Open Access for the benefit of global research community. He appreciated the lead taken by NISCAIR in this area by hosting all 17 research journals in Open Access and for imparting necessary skills for other in this area.

NISCAIR organised this workshop to carry forward the benefits of open access to scientific knowledge and scholarship, more so to enhance the visibility of research performed in India . This workshop was aimed at imparting training on Open Access Journal Publishing. Workshop was based on OJS, an open source publishing software. S&T staff from five CSIR Laboratories- NEERI-Nagpur, CDRI-Lucknow, CIMAP- Lucknow, CFTRI-Mysore and SERC-Chennai participated in the workshop . These laboratories publish peer-reviewed research journals. Mr. Sukhdev Singh, Technical Director, National Informatics Centre and Mr. S. B. Burde, Scientist, NISCAIR were the faculty for the workshop. All stages of Editorial processing from online submission of manuscripts by author, review process, accepting article for publishing and to its final hosting for open access were covered in the workshop. This workshop gave ample expertise to the participants to implement the Open Access Publishing System for their journal publishing.

During the concluding session on 23 October 2009, NISCAIR assured all the participants to offer technical support in establishing Open Access Publishing System at their end. Participants also showed their interest in starting the online publishing activities in their laboratories.

Some visuals of the event are given here.