About this Chapter

The Indian Chapter of EASE was established in Spring 2022. It is led by Dr Sushil Kumar, Deputy Dean, Journals & Publications, Chitkara University Publications, Sector 9C, Chandigarh- 160009, India. He explains why he was so keen to create a Chapter in India.

‘We have an urgent requirement to train Indian editors, reviewers and young researchers in the best practices of publishing to raise the quality and quantity of research.

Many Indian universities and associations are running journals but without the relevant knowledge of publishing. The editorial teams may be subject matter specialists but they have limited knowledge of the best technologies required in the digital world. For example, many publish all accepted articles in a single file (PDF) without assigning a separate identity to each article.

Reviewers need training so they understand how to review articles critically. English is a second language in India, which adds language complexities for many researchers who are unable to meet international standards.’

Aims and objectives of the Chapter

The Chapter has defined the following aims and objectives:

  • To promote awareness of EASE and organise training activities and thematic meetings in India for the scientific and scholarly editing and publishing community
  • To offer training on writing and reviewing scientific papers for researchers, authors, and reviewers
  • To offer training to editorial teams, editorial office staff and editorial advisory boards, thereby improving the standard and quality of scientific journals in India
  • To support scientific journals in meeting international standards and being indexed in international databases
  • To represent the Indian science editing community within EASE.

At the invitation of Dr Kumar, EASE President, Duncan Nicholas, attended an international conference, ‘Innovations and Challenges in Research Publishing’, which was held online from 22– 23 February 2022. During his presentation, Duncan introduced the idea of establishing an Indian Chapter and promoted EASE to the local community. Several follow up meetings were held and an application of form a Chapter was submitted to EASE Council in May 2022 and approved unanimously.

Planned activities in 2022

During the remainder of 2022 we plan to:

  1. Promote the new Chapter and raise awareness of the need for journal editorial teams to be trained in publication ethics and journal management, hopefully leading to participation in courses outlined in item 4.
  2. Establish an organisational structure to operate the Chapter
  3. Identify potential members and build a database of contacts from amongst our sources and provide incentives to encourage appropriate people to join EASE
  4. Specifically look at delivering the EASE Editorial School for Journal Editors and a course created around the EASE Author Guidelines for authors/researchers, and copyediting and proof reading courses that meet local needs
  5. Deliver EASE member webinars on a variety of subjects, and developing new courses/content to meet local needs
  6. Plan a programme of events, webinars, training, networking events, workshops, etc to be delivered in 2023
  7. Promote EASE Guidelines and Resources
  8. Translate EASE materials, as appropriate, if required.

As our planned activities are confirmed and delivered, we will promote them on these pages, see our Upcoming Activities and Achievements panels.