India’s National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) has converted four more of its 17 journals to OA and plans to convert the rest this summer. Details from Subbiah Arunachalam:
NISCAIR…the publishing arm of India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), publishes17 journals (one of them in Hindi) and two abstracting journals….On 14 October 2008, two of them were made open access: Indian Journal of Chemistry Section A, and Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Now four more have become open access:
- Indian Journal of Chemistry B
- Indian Journal of Radio and Space Physics
- Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research
- Indian Journal of Pure & Applied Physics
This information is not yet recorded by DOAJ.
By end of July 2009, the editors tell me, all the remaining journals will become open access.
We should thank Prof. Samir K Brahmachari, Director General of CSIR, for sending out a note to directors of all CSIR laboratories on 6 February 2009 requesting them to se up institutional repositories in each laboratory and to make all CSIR journals open access [PS: blogged here]. We must also thank Dr Gangan Prathap, the new Director of NISCAIR, for the speedy implementation of OA at NISCAIR.