IndiaRxiv has been granted a provisional ISSN 2583-0007. It is the first and only preprint server in India to apply for an ISSN, which has been granted provisionally. This new and sustainable home for IndiaRxiv is https://ops.iihr.res.in/index.php/IndiaRxiv, and eventually the domain name IndiaRxiv.org will point to it.
Volunteers from various disciplines are needed to review submissions and verify conformity as preprints for the OPS, which has a workflow for moderation and acceptance for publication. Currently, it is looking for moderators (volunteers). A Call for Expressions of Interest (CFEI) will soon be posted at http://indiarxiv.in/
In light of the support for preprints by the Indian academia and the science-policy draft (2020), some progressive scholarly societies and funders might tweak their policies in order to promote preprint publication. Researchers in India should consider submitting preprints to IndiaRxiv and accelerate the progress of science. Nevertheless, there should be an awareness of preprints that are not peer-reviewed and date-stamping of scholarly work, the drafts shared by the authors for public review.
find a home at IndiaRxiv, India’s first Preprints Service
Open Access India partners with the Center for Open Science to launch IndiaRxiv
on the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day as the country joins the global
march for open science.
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 15th August, 2019, the preprint
service will be open to all researchers and scholars of India and others who
are working on issues related to India.
being launched not only for scholars to
share their articles and read the work published by their peers, but also to
provide public access to the latest research, allowing authors to gather
feedback and ideas and build upon existing work.
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 research produced by the research institutes is made freely available, it
will reach a wider audience having a larger impact and increase in
collaborations. It is hoped that the IndiaRxiv repository will become a portal
for sharing and showcasing the latest research produced across all the
institutes and universities in the country and the open access community will
strive towards this goal.
Preprints are the first draft of the versions made by the authors
before submitting to the journals for publication. The researchers posting
preprints in public repositories will help them in date stamping their work and
showcasing the same for making grant applications or for applying for any
There is growing support from eminent scientists and academic bodies
like Indian National Science Academy (INSA) for preprints and advocating that preprints
should be used for evaluation at par with the peer reviewed publications in the
recruitment of postdocs or faculty and also for funding grants.
freedom to our scholarly literature and make it available freely to the world.” – Sridhar Gutam, Convenor, Open Access
India and Senior Scientist, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research,
now be the flagship and window of cutting-edge science happening in India; a
first choice publication platform.” – Biswapriya Misra, Steering Committee Member, Assistant Professor,
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.
“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.” – Partha Pratim Das, Joint
Principal Investigator, National Digital Library of India Project and
Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Kharagpur
managed by a steering committee
comprised of researchers and scientists from various institutes and
universities, and its advisory
board includes internationally renowned advocates and
supporters of open science and open access. With the support of COS and the
international steering committee, the Open Access India community previously
launched AgriXiv, an open access scholarly
repository for agriculture and allied sciences.
outcome is that journal publishers and funding agencies in India will amend
their policies to allow their authors to submit preprints to IndiaRxiv, which
accepts all scholarly works in all Indian languages. IndiaRxiv has a policy to
moderate all the submissions and the same will be made available on the license
terms of CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-Attribution 4.0 International.
IndiaRxiv is the
26th community preprints service built on the 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.
About the Center
for Open Science The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit
technology and culture change organization founded in 2013 with a mission to
increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS
pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting
metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software
tools. The OSF is a web application that provides a solution for the challenges
facing researchers who want to pursue open science practices, including: a
streamlined ability to manage their work; collaborate with others; discover and
be discovered; pre-register their studies; and make their code, materials, and
data openly accessible. Learn more at cos.io
The branded preprints platform from COS provides organizations that
want to launch their own preprints service an easy, robust, and stable
solution. The platform can be configured to match their brand, editorial focus,
licensing requirements, and taxonomy. Once configured, a new service can be up
and indexing new preprints in a matter of days. Preprints contributors are also
encouraged to include links to their research, if available. If the preprint is
associated with an existing OSF project, that project can also be easily
accessed and explored. OSF Preprints
uses SHARE to aggregate search
results from a variety of other preprints providers like arXiv, bioRXiv,
and others into its archive.
Open Access India
The Open Access India is a community of practice was
initially an onlineFacebook group formed on 8th July 2011.
The community members are working for taking forward the Open Access movement
in India with the following aims and objectives.
Advocacy – sensitizing the students, researchers, policy
makers and the general public about Open Access, Open Data and Open Education.
Development of community e-infrastructure, capacity
building and framework for policies related to Open Access, Open Data and Open