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Making Indian Journal of Plant Physiology into an Open Access Journal: For Increased Readership and Impact *Gutam Sridhar and Manish Das Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research, Boriavi, Anand 387310, Gujarat * The Indian Society for Plant Physiology (ISPP) was registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860: S/1355 in the year 1958 and since then it is serving its members by organizing annual meetings, symposia, seminars, workshops, conferences and publishing peer-reviewed Indian Journal of Plant Physiology (IJPP) [ISSN: 0019-5502] with starter grant of Rs. 1500/- from Government of India. The society has grown to the present strength of about 650 life members and with ~1000 subscribers from India and abroad. It is unfortunate that though the IJPP is listed in the Thomson Reuters Masters Journal List, it has zero impact factor (IF) till date. However, it is rated by National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) as 4.0 on 1 – 10 point scale. Now it is a issue before us that why the impact factor is low though it is very popular with ~1000 subscribed readership. It may be surprise for all the fellow members of the ISPP for its zero impact factor though the IJPP is published quarterly with ~80 articles annually. Taking the issues of IJPP (January – December, 2002) Shokeen and Kaushik (2004) reported that, the ratio of author self citation to total citations is low (1:17) and journal self citation to total citation is very low (1:33). Moreover, in the 61 articles published in the issues studied, 18 authors are from abroad out of the 187 authors reflecting that the journal does not figure on the priority list among Indian and International plant physiologists (Shokeen and Kaushik, 2004). This issue has to be addressed for which, we are seeking the consensus of all the esteemed members of ISPP to press for the demand to transform the IJPP from print closed access to online and open access in order to make it world wide visible, increase its readership & impact and accelerate the rate of scientific progress in the field of plant physiology which is called Open Access (OA). “The scholarly literature which is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions is known as Open Access” (Suber 2004). The official website of ISPP is laid out with adequate and up to date information. While this is being done, ISPP could also launch its own journal website where in the submission to publication editorial work flow could be done online. Now the average time from submission to acceptance and publication had reduced from one year to six months or even less as compared to earlier issues. However, the journal can not accommodate more than 20 articles per issue. This can be overcome only with the online publication and management system. At present, the IJPP is being hosted on IndianJournals portal
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