Since early nineties the researchers in physics had started sharing their interim research results (preprints) on a public web server named arXiv for seeking suggestions and comments from their peers for further improvement or refinement of their research. By doing this, they were able to date stamp their research results and seek priority in research communications before they were submitted to the journals and published. Following the open access movement globally, the researchers in other disciplines such as biological (bioRxiv/ASAPbio), chemical (ChemRxiv), engineering (engrXiv) and social sciences (PsyArXiv/SocArXiv) have also now started sharing their scholarly outputs with the help of preprints servers.
Looking at the inherent importance of agricultural research to meet the demands for food production and other agricultural commodities and also for the livelihood promotion, there is a growing need for dedicated research sharing and dissemination systems for agricultural sector too. Availability of preprints servers exclusively for agricultural sciences and allied sciences will facilitate the sharing of interim research for public good. Following the footsteps of arXiv and other preprint services, the Open Access India a community of practice advocating open access is building AgriXiv (agri archive) a preprints repository for agriculture and allied sciences with the help of Centre for Open Science using their infrastructure, Open Science Framework.
This initiative is directed under the steering committee which has the following advisory board and the working group.
- Abeer Elhalwagi, National Gene Bank, Egypt
- Ajit Maru, Global Forum on Agricultural Research
- Bernard Pochet, University of Liège – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
- Dinesh Kumar, Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute
- Oya Yildirim Rieger, Cornell University
- Prateek Mahalwar, Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
- Satendra Kumar Singh, Indian Council of Agricultural Research
- Vassilis Protonotarios, Neuropublic
- Vinodh Ilangovan, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
- Chandni Singh, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
- Gopinath KA, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture
- Ivonne Lujano, University of the State of Mexico
- Khelif Karima, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique d’Algérie
- Kuldeep Singh Jadon, Central Arid Zone Research Institute
- Paraj Shukla, King Saud University
- Sridhar Gutam, ICAR RCER Research Centre / Open Access India
- Sumant Vyas, National Research Centre on Camel
- Susmita Das, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council