[CODATA-international] Launch of IndiaRxiv on the eve of India's 73rd Independence Day: Press Release

anup kumar das anupdas2072 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 14 06:23:17 EDT 2019

*Press Release*

Bengaluru | 14th August 2019

*Research outputs 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.

Open Access India <http://openaccessindia.org/> and the Center for Open
Science <http://cos.io> have collaborated to launch *IndiaRxiv*
<http://indiarxiv.in/>*,* 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.

IndiaRxiv is 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
<https://www.niti.gov.in/the-strategy-for-new-india>' 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.

*What are Preprints?*

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 positions.

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.

 *“Let’s give 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, Bengaluru.

*“IndiaRxiv should 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

IndiaRxiv is managed by a steering committee
<http://indiarxiv.in/committee/> comprised of researchers and scientists
from various institutes and universities, and its advisory board
<http://indiarxiv.in/committee/> 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 <https://agrixiv.org/>, an open
access scholarly repository for agriculture and allied sciences.

The desired 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

IndiaRxiv is the 26th community preprints service built on the COS’s
flagship platform, OSF <https://osf.io/preprints>, 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
<http://cos.io/> (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 and osf.io.

*About OSF Preprints*

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
<http://www.share-research.org/> to aggregate search results from a variety
of other preprints providers like arXiv <http://arxiv.org>, bioRXiv
<http://biorxiv.org>, PeerJ <http://peerj.com>, CogPrints
<http://cogprints.org/> and others into its archive.

*About Open Access India*

The Open Access India is a community of practice was initially an online
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/oaindia>Facebook group
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/oaindia> 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 Education.

To support the cause and to work for the aims and objectives, we have
fantastic <http://openaccessindia.org/ambassadors/>Ambassadors
<http://openaccessindia.org/ambassadors/>, a committed
<http://openaccessindia.org/about-us/working-group/>Working Group
<http://openaccessindia.org/about-us/working-group/>, few
<http://openaccessindia.org/about-us/convenors/> and the best Advisory Board
<http://openaccessindia.org/about-us/advisory-board/>. Everyone who as
interests in Open Access, Open Data and Open Education and wish to be part
of the <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_access_movement_in_India>Open
Access Movement in India
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_access_movement_in_India>, are welcome
to <http://openaccessindia.org/join-us/>join


Contact for *IndiaRxiv | Open Access India*
Media: Sridhar Gutam indiarxiv at gmail.com | sridhar at openaccessindia.org
Web: https://indiarxiv.org | http://openaccessindia.org/
Twitter: @IndiaRxiv <https://twitter.com/indiarxiv> | @OAIndia

Contact for* the Center for Open Science*
Media: Claire Riss claire at cos.io
Starting a Branded Preprints Service: Nici Pfeiffer nici at cos.io
Web: https://cos.io/preprints
Twitter: @osframework
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