Dr. L Venkatakrishnan


Head, Experimental Aerodynamics Division
National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL-CSIR)

Dr L. Venkatakrishnan completed his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 1991 and obtained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science in 1997, before joining the Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory (FMRL) at Florida State University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. Dr L. Venkatakrishnan joined the National Aerospace Laboratories in June 2000 and is currently Chief Scientist and Head of the Experimental Aerodynamics Division. His main interests are in flow diagnostics, fluid mechanics and aeroacoustics and has developed new measurement methodologies as well as techniques for launch vehicle noise suppression. He has about 80 publications in international refereed journals and conferences in addition to numerous invited lectures in international conferences.

He is a reviewer, guest editor, on several peer-reviewed international journals and is currently also on the Editorial Advisory board of the Springer journal Experiments in Fluids.

He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics He was awarded the Prof Satish Dhawan Award for Young Engineers in 2011 in addition to the Best Innovation award CSIR-NAL in 2013 for the DHVANI Electronic Target System for marksmanship, which is now a commercial product.

Open Access to Improve the Visibility and Dissemination of Indian Research


Open Access (OA) publishing is evolving as a sustainable model to enable free access to scholarly literature in various formats.  The past two decades of the OA journey demonstrated the wider acceptability by the research community in both consuming and producing OA literature, which is evident from several studies. Further, it is predicted that OA will increase, and more than70 percent of scholarly literature will be available by 2030 through various OA models.   Many prolific researchers, institutions, & Universities across the globe are advocating OA, which has led to national level efforts such as Plan S, transformation agreements, cooperative publishing, etc. Research funding agencies are mandating OA publishing by allocating financial support. Several Scientometrics studies have revealed that OA publications yield more citations than closed ones, thus increasing the visibility to research. Major STEM publishers were in the forefront to seize the opportunity by adopting innovative OA publishing and converting their journals into a hybrid model to attract author pay charges, thus increasing the visibility on their platforms.  Today, a substantial volume of scholarly literature is available in OA mode on popular publisher platforms. The green OA publishing channel emerged as a popular mode of making literature freely available over the Internet by encouraging researchers' self-archiving at institutional or subject repositories. Being the seventh largest contributor of research publications, India adopted OA publishing proactively in the initial stage and mostly voluntary basis.  Lack of strong policies at the institution & national level, funding support, awareness, etc., are some of the issues that need to be addressed on priority. Though a couple of institutes such as CSIR, UGC, DST have tried to mandate OA publishing, unfortunately, they failed to reach expected results. The talk will emphasize several issues like Indian initiatives in OA, funding opportunities, policies, institutions' participation, etc.  The talk also highlights the role of libraries and the librarian community in playing a catalytic role in facilitating OA publishing and reinventing them to reposition for this transformational change.