UGC-Infonet E-journal Consortium: UGC-Infonet is an ambitious programme of UGC to interlink all the Universities in the country with state-of-art technology. The access to e-journal consortia was started in October 1, 2003 when the users started getting access to these resources on trial basis for three months. The UGC-Infonet E-journal consortium was formally launched on the concluding day of UGC’s Golden Jubilee celebrations by his Excellency the President of India, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam at Vigyan Bhawan on 28th December 2003. Access to various e-journals formally began on January 1, 2004. The programme was set up by the Chairman, UGC and it was the result of an understanding and co-operation between UGC, ERNET, the inter university centre, INFLIBNET, national and international publisher, etc. The programme is wholly funded by UGC and monitored by INFLIBNET centre, Ahmedabad. The Network is being switched to BSNL backbone w.e.f 1st April 2010 and renamed as UGC Infonet 2.0. ON the new scheme 10 Mbps(1:1) Leased line is being established in 180 plus universities preferably by using Fiber to provide Internet Services.
a) Organization: The whole programme has been implemented in different phases. The UGC is providing funds for the programme which will be cost free for the universities. INFLIBNET Centre, an IUC of UGC, will subscribe resources based on the recommendations of National Negotiating Committee set up by UGC in the 10th plan period. The universities have been funded for connectivity under UGC-Infonet and will have network connectivity. Individual universities will then have unique IP address through which access is given by the publisher for which subscription is made. However, the entire programme will be ministered, monitored and maintained by the INFLIBNET centre.
c) Membership: The universities covered under UGC are the primary beneficiaries. However, this scheme will be extended to colleges very soon. The scheme is likely to be open to other institutions such as ICAR and others after signing MOU with UGC/INFLIBNET.
So far 100 universities out of 171 Indian universities under the purview of UGC have been provided access to these journals and it is gradually entering to the affiliated colleges as well.
d) Functions and Activities: The consortium aims at covering all fields of learning of relevance to various universities such as Arts, Humanities and Social Science to Computer and Pure Science.
i) Access to Full text E-Resources: Under the consortium, about 4000 full text scholarly electronic journals from 25 publishers across the globe can be accessed. The consortium provides current as well as archival access to core and peer-reviewed journals in different disciplines. eg. J-STOR (457) <http://www.jstor.org/>.
ii) Access to Bibliographic Database: It provides access to Analytical Abstracts, Biological Abstracts, Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions, Chemical Abstracts Service, MathSciNet Database, Royal Society of Chemistry, etc.
iii) Access to Portal: The gateway portals provides access to more than 10000 journals in the area of Pure sciences, Social sciences and Humanities with contents and abstracts for major collections. These gateway portals also provide customized solutions to access the full text for the resources subscribed under UGC-Infonet to serve as “one stop shopping”. Examples of the portal include Ingenta Gateway Portal <http://www.ingenta.com/>, and J-Gate Gateway Portal <http://www.j-gate.informindia.co.in/>.
iv) Access to Open Access Resources: It provide access to BBS Prints Interactive Archive <http://www.bbsonline.org/>, BioMed Central <http://www.biomedcentral.com/start.asp>, Citebase <http://citebase.eprints.org/cgi-bin/search>, Citeseer <http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/cs>, Cognitive Science <http://cogprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/>, CogPrints <http://cogprints.org/>, Directory of Open Access Journals <http://www.doaj.org>, Eprints.org archives <http://software.eprints.org/>, Free Access Online Archives/ arXiv <http://arxiv.org/>, General List of Open access eprints <http://dmoz.org/Science/Publications/Archives/>, HighWire Press Free <http://highwire.stanford.edu/lists/freeart.dtl>, Networked Computer Science Technical Reference Library <http://www.ncstrl.org>, CERN Document Server (CDS) <http://weblib.cern.ch/>, Public Library of Science <http://www.plos.org/index.html>, PubMed Central (PMC) <http://pubmedcentral.nih.gov/>, The Economics network (RePEc) <http://repec.org/>, etc.
v) Search and Browsing Facility: The list of journals covered in the scheme is updated from time to time and is available on the INFLIBNET Centre’s website <http://www.inflibnet.ac.in> under UGC-Infonet E-Journals Consortium category.
vi) Document Delivery Service: Though many journals are being considered for subscription under consortium, copies of articles from many other titles which are not subscribed under the consortium may be obtained from any participating library through Document Delivery Service by sending the request.
The e-subscription initiative under UGC-Infonet is expected to trigger remarkable increase in sharing of both print and electronic resources amongst the university libraries through one of the gateway portals being identified. The gateway portals provide customized solution not only to access the resources online but also access the resources of other libraries participating in the consortium. The consortium headquarter (INFLIBNET) is assigned to function as a resource centre with an aim to cater to the needs of its members for resources not accessible to them in electronic media or are available in print media. With subscribed resources accessible online in electronic format, the member libraries would have less pressure on space requirement for storing and managing print-based library resources. Moreover, all problems associated with print media such as their wear and tear, location, shelving, binding, organizing, etc. would not be an issue for electronic resources.
ICMR in the form of ICMR e-Consortia has been subscribing to the e-journals in a consortia mode to all ICMR institutes. The Council also provides partial financial assistance for organising Seminars/ Symposia/ Workshops.