About OpenMED@NIC

OpenMED is an Open Access Archive in area of Medical and Allied Sciences including Bio-Medical, Medical Informatics, Dental, Nursing and Pharmaceutical Sciences. It is international in scope and includes both published (post-prints) and unpublished (pre-prints) documents having relevance to research in these disciplines. It is hosted by Bibliographic Informatics Division of National Informatics Centre (India) using GNU EPrints Archive Software. We are open to collaboration with other organisations and institutions world wide.

The major objective of OpenMED is to provide a free facility to authors to self-archive their publications. This will enable world wide open access to their publication and improve their impact. We expect it to promote Open Access philosophy by archival of full documents by their owners and making these visible, searchable and usable by potential users according to Open Access Philosophy. The metadata (core descriptive information about documents) is expected to be aggregated by various service providers and search engines compliant with OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting). It would help providing the authors the maximum exposure as well as easy and free access to the users.

Document Submission and Acceptance

One Time Registeration:

In order to submit a documment, a simple registration is required with the system. Please provide your complete details alongwith your desired ID and PASSWORD as well as email address. The email would be verified by sending a Key to it. Registered authors/users are provided an individual work area. To enter the work area, one need to click on "User Area" from the Top Menu and enter the correct ID and PASSWORD. The work area provides various options for User Profile and Document Uploading.

Document Acceptance Policy:

  • Publishers and authors may deposit peer reviewed pre-published and post-published work in the OpenMED archive.
  • PowerPoint slides of conference presentation would be included only if they are of research content/relevance and have been presented at conferences/workshops.
  • It is authors' responsibility to ensure that the deposited material is written by them. Third party submission would only be accepted after the authors/publishers consent has been taken by the submitter.
  • Authors are encouraged to use their own final, refereed drafts and not the publisher's PDF (unless the publisher agrees).
  • There is an option of depositing the full-text and metadata, and setting access to the full-text as "Restricted Access" instead of "Open Access" in case the author has any doubts about his right to place it in Open Access.
  • Requests for removing a publication, from anyone other than the author, would be re-directed to the authors.

Document Submission:

From User Area, one can start the document submission process. During this process, descriptive data (meta data) about the document like Author(s), Title, Publication Details etc. would be required. It also requires assigning of broad "categories" from the available list. These categories are based on "MeSH" of the National Library of Medicine (US). Once the descriptive information is done, Uploading of file containing the document would be required. Once the submitter 'submit' the uploaded document, it would be held up in the 'submission buffer'. Documents in the 'submission buffer' would be accessible only to the Editorial Board of OpenMED.

Deposit Agreement:

Before a document can be submitted, the depositor has to agree to the following Deposit Agreement.

For work being deposited by its own author:

In self-archiving this collection of files and associated bibliographic metadata, I grant OpenMED@NIC the right to store them and to make them permanently available publicly for free on-line. I declare that this material is my own intellectual property and I understand that OpenMED@NIC does not assume any responsibility if there is any breach of copyright in distributing these files or metadata. (All authors are urged to prominently assert their copyright on the title page of their work.)

For work being deposited by someone other than its author:

I hereby declare that the collection of files and associated bibliographic metadata that I am archiving at OpenMED@NIC is in the public domain. If this is not the case, I accept full responsibility for any breach of copyright that distributing these files or metadata may entail.

Document Acceptance:

An OpenMED editor would review and the sumitted documents in submission buffer and may edit or add metadata if necessary. The general criteria of acceptance of documents is that these documents has relevance to research in the area of Medical and Allied Sciences. The accepted documents would be moved to the live Archive from where these can be searched or browsed by end users. If there are any mistakes/errors a rejection auto-email would be sent and the material would be returned to the submission buffer for the author to correct the document and then re-submit it into the Archive.

Disclaimer

To the extent permissible under applicable laws, no responsibility is assumed and is hereby disclaimed by National Informatics Centre for OpenMED and for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a result of any actual or alleged libelous statements, infringement of intellectual property or privacy rights, or products liability, whether resulting from negligence or otherwise, including without limitation from any use or operation of any ideas, instructions, procedures, products or methods contained in the material therein. Access to this site is provided on an 'as is' basis, and neither OpenMED warrant that the information or software contained herein is complete or accurate or free from error. Information or software downloaded by the user should be checked for defects or viruses before being used.

Contact Information

Any correspondence concerning OpenMED archive should be sent to medinfo@nic.in.