India's premier publicly-funded research organization is pushing to make all research published at its institutions open access. But its pleas are falling on deaf ears, critics say, as individual laboratories have been slow to take up the charge.
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Last month (Feb. 6), the head of research and development planning at India's linkurl:Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; (CSIR), linkurl:Naresh Kumar,; sent a linkurl:memo; to the directors of CSIR's 42 labs urging that "all research papers published from all CSIR laboratories be made open access," either through online repositories or by publishing in open access journals. Kumar also recommended that all journals published by CSIR be made open access. It is now up to the directors of the various labs to decide whether or not to implement the policy. linkurl:Subbiah Arunachalam,; an information consultant based in Chennai who was involved in formulating the recommendations, said that "whether this...

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