Open Science in Addressing Responsible Research and Innovation: Evidence from India and other Countries

Journal of Scientometric Research,2020,9,2s,s14-s23.
Author(s) affiliations:

Anup Kumar Das1,*, Bidyarthi Dutta2

1Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, INDIA.

2Department of Library and Information Science, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, INDIA.


This paper highlights the brief background of the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The RRI concept has some key issues, one of which is open access that brings forth the concept of Open Science. The global trend of Open Science research is presented here on the basis of data obtained from Scopus, Web of Science and PubMed. The global Open Access movements got strengthened after the release of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) public statement on February 14, 2002, supporting the principles relating to open access to the research literature. The state of India in production and dissemination of open access resources, in comparison with other BRICS nations is pointed out here. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) have recorded a significant number of open access journals and open access repositories from India, one of the best from the developing nations. However, in other Open Science areas such as ensuring open research data and publishing research publications with an explicit Open Licensing term, India needs to take the lead in the developing world. The recent advancements in open science frameworks in the world vis-à-vis the open science strategies and practices in India as compared to other emerging economies are highlighted.

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