Conference on Open Access to Science Publications: Policy perspective, Opportunities and Challenges

Open Access to the scientific literature means the removal of barriers, including price and legal barriers, from accessing scholarly work. With the advent of Internet, widespread and easy access to scientific information is facilitating research and innovation, so crucial in today‘s knowledge based society. Open Access is not only changing the nature of scholarly communication but even that of scientific work.

To take stock of the current developments as regards Open Access and to highlight some of the issues that would need to be addressed to enable a wider access to scientific information, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) is organizing a Conference on Open Access to Science Publications : Policy perspective, Opportunities and Challenges, on 24th March, 2009 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The Conference will have sessions focused on:
* Open Source & changing research
* Research Impact thru Open Access
* Open Access around the world
* The Economics of Open Access

Prof. Samir K. Brahmachari, DGCSIR, Prof. John Willinsky, Stanford University, Dr Leslie Chan, University of Toronto, Prof. S. Arunachalam, CIS, Bangalore and other experts will be key speakers at the conference.

The conference would cover the emerging global trends in Open Access and focus on what needs to be done in India. The conference would be of interest to scientists, social scientists, policy makers, funding agencies, heads and senior managers of academic and research institutions, editors of research journals, etc.

The non-residential fee per delegate is Rs. 1,500/-. The fee is to be remitted in advance by a Demand Draft drawn in favour of ‘Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’, payable at New Delhi. Registration form is available at:

Dr. Naresh Kumar
Head, R&D Planning Division
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
2 Rafi Marg, New Delhi – 110 001
Fax: 011-23710340, 23713011
Phone: 011-23710453, 23713011
Email: headrdpd[at]


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