Calcutta University Announces Launch Of Modern Institutional Repository
It is estimated by the University that a whopping 54 per cent of the entire Calcutta University’s research output can be freely archived in their repository.
The University of Calcutta has recently set up a pioneering Institutional Repository/Open Access platform with the primary goal to archive and make pay walled research papers accessible to researchers.
Since 2010, there is a buzz around increasing the accessibility of research articles, in response to which the university witnesses massive growth in open access publications. Furthermore, the university features a sheer volume of its published works including 51,241 publications comprising 35,823 articles, 10,296 chapters, 1,884 proceedings, 1,428 edited books, 1,301 monographs and 509 pre-prints.
Calcutta University launched an exercise to find out the number of publications behind the paywall that can only be accessed by those who have a journal subscription. As per their estimates, over 84.2 percent of the university’s publications are behind the paywall that limits the accessibility and citation advantage of the papers. With paywalls, the readership reduces. It is estimated by the University that a whopping 54 percent of the entire Calcutta University’s research output can be freely archived in their repository (after the embargo period, without breaching publisher copyrights).
Talking about the launch of the institutional repository, Prof. Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, the Vice-chancellor of the University of Calcutta said, “We aim to be pioneers in Open Access Leadership in India. Knowledge should be freely accessible and not behind 30$ paywalls. This institutional repository reflects our ethos of innovation and our commitment to make research knowledge accessible to the masses. We do hope that our efforts encourage other top institutes in India to be inspired for similar steps.”
Since its launch, the platform has a growth of 25% month-on-month impressions. This has been corroborated by an increase in publication downloads. Applied Physics, BioChemistry and Political Sciences are attracting international reader demographics. It also attracts eyes from Industry and MNC’s. This has opened up potential collaboration avenues for Calcutta University.
The university currently stands steady at seventh position in NIRF Ranking 2020. With more than 1100 new publications every year published across varied disciplines, the goal is to transition to a modern research-focused organization. Asis Chattopadhyay, Pro-VC at the University, who oversaw this initiative said “In the 2019 academic calendar, our publications received 4500+ new citations in Scopus index. We are doing good at the national level. Setting up an open-access platform was the next logical step for us so that we could amplify our scholarly communication. Showcase our research to the global audience and leave an impact. ”
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