The article takes serious cognizance of the document titled ‘DBT and DST Open Access Policy’ for India, released jointly by the Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Biotechnology on 12 December 2014. The DBT and DST Open Access Policy has created two central repositories http://dst.sciencecentral.in/ and http://dbt.sciencecentral.in/, and will create many institutional repositories.
It is imperative that academics seriously discuss this policy to ensure that it does serve all purposes that a national preprint and reprint repository can and should. It must help our research scholars gain visibility and claim priority with preprints. In addition to mandating those whom it funds, it should also permit voluntary uploading by other Indian researchers who consider uploading on the repository helpful.