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The University of Mumbai is working to grant unlimited access to its scientific papers. The departments of biotechnology and science and technology will soon share their researches online.

The policy draft suggests a mechanism consisting in a deposition at the researcher’s institution repository after the paper has passed a professional peer review. Alternatively it is expected the creation by the government of a national central repository that pursues the same scope.

Following the example of other leading universities and institutions - such as the University of Southampton, Harvard and MIT - the Indian open access proponents advocate the benefits of this policy will not be restricted to supporting teaching and learning, but it will also allow universities to expand their library limiting the high costs of academic journal subscriptions.

To incentivize the application of this policy, the mechanism has been enforced to avoid non compliance: researchers who fail or refuse to comply will not be considered for future fund allocations; while those in government service will put at risk their career advancement.

According to T Vishnu Vardhan - programme director of Access to Knowledge at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) - this is also a long term strategy to heighten education quality in India.


The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

(Source: The Times of India)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.