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Staying the course: At the nanotechnology laboratory of the the Jawaharlal Nehru Cent e r e for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore. Research should explore virgin territory and researchers should know that their studies are unique and not warmed-over imitation of somebody's work ensure that they are not of a repetitive kind .

Want to benefit from the latest scientific research in the country? Or afraid that you will inadvertently duplicate another's study? NISCAIR is there to help you with its many journals and other publications, aggregating the findings of research studies taking place across a plenitude of institutions.

One of the major risks in any research work is the possibility of someone else stealing a march over us through independent studies. We may be plodding down a track without knowing that it was already traversed by another explorer. The blessing of the Internet search has reduced the risk to a large extent, because of the lightning speed of information dissemination.

A latest update of studies in our chosen area of pursuit can modify our efforts, if necessary. Further, it can possibly complement such studies elsewhere, thereby ensuring healthy cooperation among peer researchers dispersed over the globe.

All these are easily said than done, since there may be laxity in publishing research findings with promptitude. Often such slackness may be deliberate with the motive of keeping new knowledge undisclosed, lest it should be utilised by a competing entity.

In the interest of avoiding duplication of human effort, especially that put in by top intellectuals, timely publication of findings is a wholesome attribute of any researcher. But an appropriate medium has to be identified for dissemination of new knowledge, so that it is easily accessed by interested scholars in any part of the globe. It is with this aspect in mind that we should appreciate the commendable role played by NISCAIR, a wing of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) is in New Delhi; Website:

The prompt publication of findings is useful not just for other researchers and potential research scholars but also even for the common man, if the findings will reduce hardship in his daily life or enhance the effectiveness of his work.

NISCAIR emerged only in 2002 with the merger of two premier institutes of the CSIR — National Institute of Science Communication (NISCOM) and the Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre (INSDOC). The latter had been in existence from 1952.

NISCAIR is devoted to dissemination and documentation of science and technology information. It functions as the prime custodian of all information resources on current and traditional knowledge systems in science and technology in the country. It promotes communication in science to diverse constituents at all levels, using the most appropriate technologies.

It provides formal linkages of communication among the scientific community in different areas of science and technology through its 17 primary journals and two secondary scientific abstracting journals.

  • Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research (JSIR, monthly)
  • Indian Journal of Chemistry A (IJC-A, monthly)
  • Indian Journal of Chemistry B (IJC-B, monthly)
  • Indian Journal of Experimental Biology (IJEB, monthly)
  • Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Physics (IJPAP, monthly)
  • Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IJBB, bimonthly)
  • Indian Journal of Engineering and Material Sciences (IJEMS, bimonthly)
  • Indian Journal of Chemical Technology (IJCT, bimonthly)
  • Indian Journal of Radio and Space Physics (IJRSP, bimonthly)
  • Journal of Intellectual Property Rights (JIPR, bimonthly)
  • Indian Journal of Marine Sciences (IJMS, quarterly)
  • Indian Journal of Fibre and Textile Research (IJFTR, quarterly)
  • National Product Radiance (NPR, bi-monthly)
  • Indian Journal of Biotechnology (IJBT, quarterly)
  • Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (IJTK, quarterly)
  • Annals of Library and Information Studies (ALIS, quarterly)
  • Bhartiya Vaigyanik evam Audyogik Anusandhan Patrika (Hindi) (BVAAP, half-yearly)
  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Abstracts (MAPA, bimonthly)
  • Indian Science Abstracts (ISA, fortnightly)

These journals are available online (NOPR: NISCAIR Online Periodicals Repository). This institute is the nodal organisation for developing a “Consortium for CSIR Laboratories for Accessing e-journals.”

The institute publishes three popular science magazines in Hindi, English, and Urdu, to disseminate information on scientific developments to the common man.Science Reporter (English) andVigyan Pragati (Hindi) are monthlies.Science Ki Duniya (Urdu) is published every quarter. School and college students can take advantage of these publications. They will help not only in learning the latest developments in science and technology but will also develop their enthusiasm for research as a fascinating profession.

Two encyclopaedic volumes,The Wealth of India and Bharat Ki Sampada, give a fairly comprehensive coverage of the natural resources of the country. NISCAIR brings out a few periodicals such as CSIR News (fortnightly), CSIR Samachar (monthly), and Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (quarterly). National Union Catalogue of Scientific Serials in India, a database of journals, is a contribution of NISCAIR. The institute ensures the confidentiality of documents sent for editing, printing, or publication.

CSIR News and CSIR Samachar serve as an effective link between various CSIR constituents. It furnishes the latest information on R&D programmes and other activities not only of he CSIR but also of research organisations, university departments, and industry. Supplements to The Wealth of India are published periodically.

NISCAIR carries out a unique function of keeping science researchers in the country aware of the most up-to-date developments in different fields of science and technology. It gives access to the most recent updates through its digital publications. The journals offer an opportunity to promising professionals to disseminate their innovative ideas on methodology for effective research studies. Sharing of ideas among similarly placed research scholars is of great help in making healthy comparisons in efforts and results. In brief, the institute offers a rare repository of knowledge that offers immense help and guidance to the searching minds, with a passion for breaking new ground.

NISCAIR conducts training programmes in library and information science, documentation, science communication, and herbarium techniques. Candidates are admitted every year to a two-year Master's programme in information science. Short-term training courses in computer applications in library and information activities are also conducted by the institute.


Source: The Hindu

Monday , 21   November , 2011