Thursday, December 23, 2010

Electronic Publishing at Calicut Medical College, Kerala

My latest Research Paper

Electronic Publishing at Calicut Medical College, Kerala: A Case
Study of Three Open Access Journals*

Mohamed Musthafa. K
Dr. Naushad Ali. PM

Dept. of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
Recent developments suggest that open access has gained new momentum in the field of bio-medical research communication. Although various studies have traced the general origins of the medical sciences’ reticence to
embrace open access, few have actually considered the scholarly practices and disciplinary priorities that shape a discipline’s adoption of its principles. This article examines the emergence, potential and features of three open access medical journals published form Calicut Medical College, Kerala. The paper discusses subject coverage, periodicity, authenticity, publication charge system, indexing and abstracting, archiving and sustainability, text format, copyright policy, affiliation of contributors and content analysis. The result shows that all three journals are fully dedicated to medical sciences with research contributions from eminent scholars around the globe. Two journals do not charges for publication of article but one charge a nominal fee for submission, publication
and correction in articles. The articles are indexed and abstracted in internationally reputed secondary sources and follow reliable archival policies. 

Keywords: E-publishing, open access journals, Calicut Medical College, Kerala

* This paper will be presented in the forthcoming National conference on “Managing Libraries in New Information Environment” will be held at Asia -Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi ,o   7-8,  January, 2011

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