A closer look at Springer’s partnership with the Indian Academy of Sciences
This issue of Society Zone highlights Springer’s publishing partnerships in India. Springer India was founded in 2002, and one of its prestigious publishing partnerships is with the Indian Academy of Sciences. Springer India co-publishes the international editions of ten of the Academy’s journals.
About the Indian Academy of Sciences
The Indian Academy of Sciences, founded in 1934, aims at promoting the progress and upholding the cause of science in pure and applied branches. Major activities include:
- Publishing high quality research journals in diverse scientific fields
- Bringing out special publications, conference proceedings, etc. on important topics
- Programmes for improvement of Science Education in Universities and Colleges
- Holding discussion meetings, conferences, symposia, etc. on topics of current scientific interest
- Organizing Academy lectures
- Identifying and encouraging talent in scientific research by electing outstanding scientists as Fellows, Honorary Fellows and Associates of the Academy
- Administering the Raman Chair by conferring visiting professorship on outstanding scientists from outside India
In recent years the Academy has conducted Panels on ‘Women in Science’ and ‘Scientific Values’. It has also been working since 2007 with the other two science academies of India – the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) – to organize a variety of programmes for the benefit of science students and teachers at the college and university levels.
The first issue of the Academy "Proceedings" appeared in two sections in July 1934. Since then, the "Proceedings" have been split into theme journals and several new ones have been added.
In January 2007, Springer began co-publishing the international editions of 10 Academy journals, including such titles as the Journal of Genetics, Journal of Chemical Sciences, Journal of Biosciences and Bulletin of Materials Science.
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.