Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), has announced a new partnership to supply 206 journals to 6,000 colleges in India.
The deal was agreed with the Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre, an autonomous inter-university centre of University Grants Commission. INFLIBNET was set up by the Indian government to create infrastructures for the sharing of library and information resources and services among Academic and Research Institutions.
OUP was carefully selected to provide over 200 prestigious journals, which cover a range of subject areas such as medicine, history, law, economics, and politics, among others. The collection includes journals with high-quality Impact Factors such as the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Political Analysis, and the European Heart Journal.
Roland Ehrenfels, Oxford Journals’ Sales and Marketing Director, said “The partnership with INFLIBNET has provided OUP with a great opportunity to share its content with India’s students and researchers in order to provide better access to scholarly knowledge in the country’s educational institutions. This underlines OUP’s commitment to [Oxford] University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide”.
In 2004, under the National Mission on Higher Education program, INFLIBNET was asked to develop a consortium model for Indian universities, mainly for undergraduate programmes. Its aim was to facilitate and expand scope for quality research, investing in information technology. The programme is being implemented in phases and INFLIBNET expects that within three years 6,000 colleges will have access to OUP’s journals.