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Open Access Initiatives in Medical Biology: A Study of Institutional Repositories in India

Open Access Initiatives in Medical Biology: A Study of Institutional Repositories in India
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Author(s): Rupak Chakravarty (Panjab University, India)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 28
Source title: Advancing Pharmaceutical Processes and Tools for Improved Health Outcomes
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Tagelsir Mohamed Gasmelseid (International University of Africa, Sudan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0248-7.ch002

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Abstract

Open Access (OA) is reshaping the world by redefining the scholarly communication methods with focus on building a knowledge society. It has the power to democratize the knowledge by removing hurdles from free access to scholarly works while encouraging knowledge sharing. Institutional Repositories (IRs) play a vital role in the OA movement by facilitating the Green Route to Open Access. In India, some elite educational and research institutes such as the Indian Statistical Institute, some CSIR Laboratories, IITs, and IIMs have taken significant initiatives in building IRs. In addition to theses, a few Universities have also taken the initiative and now have their own IRs as their proudest possession. However, many Indian Irs, once functional are in bad shape and a few have been closed. This paper deals with IR initiatives in the discipline of Medicine and Biology including. The paper discusses their scope, collection strength, growth rate and their current status.

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