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The government's "directions will be entirely determined by the interests of Indian academia and of India", according to K. VijayRaghavan, the principal scientific adviser to the Government of India.
IndiaRxiv is the latest of several preprint servers set up to host research from a particular region.
Researchers say the policy could intensify existing issues with research quality and misconduct.
Structural biologist Shekhar Mande becomes new head of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
But academics say government incentives to publish are part of the problem.
P Shravan Kumar aka Akiraa launched Research Funders, a platform to connect scientists with potential donors who can help fund their research and projects.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government tapped Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan, a molecular biologist and head of India’s Department of Biotechnology, to fill the post of science adviser.
Decolonising knowledge and democratising information is the great promise of our times. With universal access to knowledge, we can begin to achieve the potential of the Internet and provide a better world for future generations.
This declaration was drafted by a group comprising of researchers and professionals working for opening up access to research outputs for public good in India.
A push to reverse its brain drain is providing the expertise to tackle its domestic problems.
Budgetary cuts in funding, pseudoscience and growing religious bigotry have left the scientific community worried.
Poor monitoring in ‘second-tier’ institutions is also part of the problem, research indicates
Government picks biotech and renewable energy among its top priorities
Researchers at top-flight institutions are not immune to charms of questionable journals
Some fear that science in Indian higher education institutions could stagnate under the proposed 2016–17 budget.