WOrkshop 1

14:00-15:30 IST (GMT+ 5:30)

September 6th, 2022

Organized in partnership with Frontiers

How publishing open access can improve the impact of your research.

Moderator: Dr Ian Potter, PhD, Director of Business Intelligence.

After an early career in research in the UK and USA, exploring the molecular mechanisms of plant growth, Ian left academia to begin a career in scholarly publishing, initially with a leading society journal and then to Blackwell Publishing to work on a portfolio of medical titles, increasingly engaged in publishing technology projects. Ian then left Blackwell in 2003 to join a small US publishing technology company - ScholarOne - producing what came to be one of the leading manuscript submission platforms for scholarly publishers. ScholarOne was acquired by Thomson in 2006 (latterly Thomson Reuters). As part of Thomson, Ian continued as key account manager for strategic clients before moving to a business development and internal consulting role across the publisher product portfolio. More recently, Ian moved from the consulting role to develop a range of standalone publisher analytics for Clarivate and then to the InCites platform team, where he led product strategy and development for the Benchmarking & Analytics platform. Ian joined Frontiers in Sept 2021 to lead their Business Intelligence department.

WOrkshop 2

10:05-12:15 IST (GMT+ 5:30)

September 7th, 2022

Organized in partnership with AuthorCafé

Mission Open Science: A Digital Workflow Initiative Leading from Knowledge Creation to Dissemination

Moderator: Mr. Neelanjan Sinha, Product head, AuhtorCafe

Neelanjan is the Product Head at AuthorCafé, a digital platform focussed on research writing, management and dissemination. He has 14+ years of experience with various roles in the technology industry. For the last 5 years, he has been focussed on solving problems related to Scholarly Communication and Academic Research. He has built XBio (A revolutionary biology learning platform) and RevView Central (One of its kind Submission and Peer-review platform) in the past. Currently, at AuthorCafé he has been focussed on helping researchers and institutions enhance the experience of doing, supervising and managing a PhD program.


Mission Open Science: A Digital Workflow Initiative Leading from Knowledge Creation to Dissemination

Neelanjan Sinha1, Charu Seth1*, Savita Ayyar2, Sheevendra Sharma1

Authors and affiliations

1 AuthorCafé, Plot Nos. 4/600, Phase II, Dr. VSI Estate, Kottivakkam, Chennai 600041

2 Jaquaranda Tree, Bangalore


Scientific research is not meant to be done in silos: conversations, discussions, and collaborations lie at the heart of research, accelerating its pace. In line with the open science philosophy, research should be openly and freely accessible to all levels of society including the general public and professionals. A doctoral thesis/dissertation is a very useful resource containing elaborate description of the research work done during the course of one’s PhD. However, not all content from theses finds its way into mainstream publications. Moreover, the accessibility of this content for the wider community is limited in general. Electronic theses and dissertation (ETD) repositories have emerged as a key initiative for promoting the archiving, dissemination and utilization of this rich material.

In India, ETDs are supported at the policy level with a national mandate for institutions to archive theses in repositories. The implementation of such initiatives is dependent on institutional policies and procedures and cooperation of multiple stakeholders - research scholars, their supervisors, institutional assessment bodies, librarians, and administrators. There are several repositories in existence, which offer a mechanism for the realization of open science benefits and for facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations. The role of technology in building a reliable infrastructure for digitalizing theses/dissertations in a web-friendly format is of paramount importance to ensure the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability, aligining with the FAIR principles [1] of the content. Moreover, managing the archiving/holding of this content is not a trivial task on the part of the administrators and librarians. A user-friendly digital infrastructure is required to keep these records efficiently organized in place with minimal manual overheads and human errors.

Our team has been in constant touch with researchers, institutional leaders, and administrators, both through individual conversations and via thematic webinars curated specially by our team. These discussions with Indian and global institutions have shaped our thinking about the challenges surrounding the research ecosystem including open science and how AuthorCafé can contribute toward addressing them. With a vision of supporting and empowering the research community, AuthorCafé has developed a robust digital platform for creating and managing ETDs with a larger purpose to induce transparency and accountability in the knowledge creation, research management, and knowledge dissemination processes.

At the OSSAN session, we will share our learnings from our interactions with the research community and showcase the benefits of the AuthorCafé digital infrastructure for ETDs that we have built for institutions. We will share how we regard ETDs as important tools for implementing open science in practice. The session will include a hands-on interactive workshop where participants can explore content creation and collaborative writing.


[1] Wilkinson, M., Dumontier, M., Aalbersberg, I. et al. The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship. Sci Data 3, 160018 (2016).