Society Zone talked to Professor N. Mukunda, Vice President, Chairman of Science Education Panel and Editor of Publications of the Indian Academy of Sciences
Professor Mukunda is a theoretical Physicist, whose major contributions are in the fields of Classical and Quantum mechanics, Theoretical Optics and Mathematical Physics. He is a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences (India) and Third World Academy of Sciences, and is a recipient of the S S Bhatnagar Award in Physical Science for 1980.
Professor Mukunda, the Academy began publishing the journals with Springer in 2007. What was it that the Academy was primarily looking for in a publisher then?
The Academy was primarily looking for an improvement in the visibility and circulation of the Academy’s Journals outside India. This, we expected, would in turn improve the quality of the articles submitted both from within India and from elsewhere.
How have the journals benefited by being a part of the Springer journal family?
The visibility at the international level has increased significantly since 2007. One indication of this is the yearly increase in the numbers of full text downloads from each of the journals.
What is your – and your colleagues’ - day-to-day working relationship with the publisher like?
These relationships are quite good. In a few cases, out of the 8 journals using Editorial Manager software made available to us by Springer, there are occasional problems. Dr. Curtis from Springer in New York, and the team from Springer India in New Delhi, visit us quite often.
What are your future plans both for the journals and for the Academy?
Our plans for the future are basically to continually improve the features and the quality – both content and production – of the Journals. This coupled with improved visibility, we hope, will attract more of the best quality work done in India to the Academy’s Journals.
Society Zone thanks Professor Mukunda for this interview.
Society Zone, Issue 12, Fall 2010