Open access in India

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]


As of April 2018, there are approximately 212 active open access journals produced in India, according to the UK-based Directory of Open Access Journals.[5] Titles include the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, Indian Journal of Medical Research, and Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology.[5]


As of April 2018, there are at least 78 collections of scholarship in India housed in digital open access repositories.[6][7][8] They contain journal articles, book chapters, data, and other research outputs that are free to read. Recently a preprint repository for India, IndiaRxiv was launched.[9]

See also


  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. "(Search: Country of Publisher: India)". Directory of Open Access Journals. UK: Infrastructure Services for Open Access. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  6. "Browse by Country: India". Registry of Open Access Repositories. UK: University of Southampton. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  7. "India". Directory of Open Access Repositories. UK: University of Nottingham. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  8. "India". Global Open Access Portal. UNESCO. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  9. Mallapaty, Smriti (17 April 2019). "Indian scientists launch preprint repository to boost research quality". Nature. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  10. 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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