26th March, 2009: 9.30AM - 4.15PM
                                                                                                                                 PROGRAMME SCHEDULE


S.R. Valluri Auditorium

National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore-560017




National Aerospace Laboratories

(as part of its Golden Jubilee Celebrations)

Indian Academy of Sciences

Centre for Internet and Society




Welcome to Policy makers, Academicians, Scientists, Editors, Publishers, Media persons, Librarians, etc.


Topics Covered:

  • Scholarly Communication

  • Research Publication Issues

  • Copyrights of Publishing Authors

  • Publishers Attitude

  • Open Access (OA) Movement

  • OA Scenario in the World and India

  • OA Declarations
  • OA Channels: OA Journals, Repositories
  • OA Policy: National and Institutional Level
  • OA Challenges: Economic, Societal
  • Impact of OA on Science Communication

Inaugural Keynote:

Prof. N.Mukunda, Vice President, Indian Academy of Sciences

Topic: "Journals, open access, copyright, repositories - Some viewpoints from an Academy"


Inauguration of Website: Conferences @ NAL


Prof. John Willinsky: Stanford University
Prof. Leslie Chan: University of Toronto
Dr D K Sahu: MedKnow Publications
Dr. Sunil Abraham : Director, Centre for Internet and Society

Panel Discussion: 2.45 - 4.15 pm


"Scholarly Communication and Openness: Emerging Trends"

Prof. P Balaram : Director, IISc & Editor, Current Science. / Panel Moderator
Prof. John Willinsky: Stanford / Panelist
Prof. Leslie Chan: University of Toronto / Panelist
Dr. A.R. Upadhya: Director, NAL / Panelist
Mr. N.V. Sathyanarayana: MD, Informatics India / Panelist
Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam: Centre for Internet and Soc./ Panelist



Open Access to the scientific literature means the removal of barriers, including price barrier, for accessing scholarly work. In today's knowledge based society the advent of Internet and widespread and easy access to scientific information are facilitating research and innovation. Open Access is not only changing the nature of scholarly communication but even the way research is carried out. Indeed open access is the bedrock on which the emerging global research library initiative is being built.


Scientists and scientific institutions in India - some of them to be precise - have moved up in the value chain in that they access information and disseminate their findings often through barrier-free electronic channels. Out of about 4500 open access journals (OAJ) world over, India accounts for 150 titles. The major Indian contributors for OAJ include Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy , MedKnow Publications and NISCAIR. About 50 institutes have set up their institutional open access repositories including IISc, NAL, NIO, RRI, IIAP, IITs, etc. Prof. Samir Brahmachari, Director General of CSIR, came up with the Open Source Drug Discovery programme as an alternative to the traditional patent-driven model of drug research.Recently CSIR has adopted open access policy as recommended by its Group of Open Access Science Publications.


Thus open access - both for accessing worldwide information and for making our own research more visible - is not new to India . But one must admit that considering the size of India 's research and higher education enterprise what we have achieved so far is utterly inadequate to commensurate with our ambition  to become a knowledge power. We have a long way to go. And the first step is to adopt open access nationwide.


This one day conference on "Conference on Scholarly Communication in India in the Age of the Commons is organized to take stock of the current developments in Open Access and to highlight the issues that would need to be addressed to enable a wider access to scientific knowledge and to enhance the visibility of research performed in India .


PS: While spot registration is allowed, we request you to kindly register through e-mail along with name, designation, address, contact telephone and e-mail. We have not made any arrangements for accommodation.

Conference Talks

Prof. John Willinsky:    Global and Local Support for Making Research and Scholarship Publicly Available
Prof. Leslie Chan:    From Institutional Repositories to a Global Knowledge Commons
Dr. Sunil Abraham:   Academic and Scholarly Communication in India: Copyright Law Patent Law and PUPFIP
Dr. D K Sahu:   Economics and Citation Impact of Open Access Journal Publishing in India: An Experience of Eight years and Eighty Journals.

Panel Discussion:    "Scholarly Communication and Openness: Emerging Trends"
Panelists: Prof. Balaram, Prof John Willinsky, Prof. Leslie Chan, Dr. A.R. Upadhya, Mr. N.V. Sathyanarayana and Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam.

For more information please contact:


Dr I R N Goudar                                                   Dr. Poornima Narayana

Scientist 'G' and Head, ICAST                             Deputy Head, ICAST

National Aerospace Laboratories                         National Aerospace Laboratories

Airport Road, BANGALORE-560017                  Airport Road, BANGALORE-560017


Tel:080-25086080 Fax:25260862                         Tel:080-25086083 Fax:25260862