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ProQuest Indian Journals Database

Magazine article Information Today

ProQuest Indian Journals Database

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India's Ministry of Tourism sponsors an advertising campaign with the slogan "Incredible India" to attract more visitors to the country (incredibleindia.com). ProQuest heeded the Incredible India sentiment by introducing, in late 2013, a new database for Indian journals. It did stop short of naming it the Incredible Indian Journals Database--it's more mundanely known as ProQuest Indian Journals.

ProQuest says its rationale for creating the database originated with requests from higher education institutions in India, but also from regions where Asian studies are offered or that have an emphasis on Indian scholarship. It is a multidisciplinary database incorporating more than 200 subscription-based, non-open-access (OA) journals published in India.

Publishers include organizations such as IUP Publications (part of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India), Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Institute of Medico-Legal Publications, Indian Musicological Society, Ranganathan Centre for Information Studies, Bioinfo Publications, and Springer Science + Business Media.

The majority of journal titles have a backfile of 3 years, back to 2010. Newer articles are flowing into the database, and a backfile will gradually be added. For some titles, the backfile will extend to 1988. Although Indian journal titles appear in other ProQuest databases, the titles in ProQuest Indian Journals have little to no overlap with these other databases. …

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