Varsities moot consortium for online journals


To tide over expenses incurred through subscription of e-journals

Grappling with rising expenses arising out of subscription of e-journals, the State universities have mooted a consortium to pool in their online resources.

The move is aimed at circumventing the difficulties caused by the suspension of free access to e-journals made available by the Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET), an inter-university centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The issue was flagged by the Vice Chancellors of the Cochin University of Science and Technology and Mahatma Gandhi University at an executive body meeting of the Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) recently.

With INFLIBNET discontinuing the 15-year-old free service two years ago, most universities have been witnessing a marked increase in financial liabilities.

While CUSAT has been shelling out ₹4 crore a year, the University of Kerala is spending ₹2 crore towards e-journal subscriptions. Worse, the Mahatma Gandhi University has been forced to discontinue the service, official sources said.

Adverse impact

The disruption of access to online journals is feared to have an adverse impact on research output. Bibliographic databases of peer-reviewed literature such as Scopus and Web of Science are viewed as vital components in this regard.

Under the circumstances, the KSHEC executive body has recommended formation of a consortium that would provide higher education institutions easy access to e-journals.

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