Making Indian Journal of Plant Physiology into an open access journal: for increased readership and impact
Gutam, Sridhar and Manish, Das (2009) Making Indian Journal of Plant Physiology into an open access journal: for increased readership and impact. Souvenir on celebration of the National Conference on theme "Frontiers in Plant Physiology towards Sustainable Agriculture" organised by Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat and Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi. pp. 66-68.
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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. 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).
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