Dr. Satish Munnolli 

              Librarian ACTREC, Mumbai

Dr. Satish S Munnolli is presently heading the library of Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), a research wing of the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), as a Librarian since 2003. He is also shouldering the responsibility of Science Communication and Professional Education (SCoPE – Cell) and the center's Photography as an Officer-in-Charge. He has been in this profession for more than three decades and has served in various libraries such as research, academic, corporate, and industrial libraries since 1991. He graduated in Science and post-graduation in Library and Information Science from Karnataka University, Dharwad. He did his Doctorate in LIS from Shivaji University, Kolhapur.  


He is the recipient of Dr. S R Ranganathan Gold Medal in 1990 in BLISc at Karnatak University, Dharwad. He is also the recipient of Sir Ratan Tata Trust Fellowship in 2009 and Cunningham Memorial International Fellowship of Medical Library Association, the USA during 2011. He has visited various libraries in Australia, Singapore and USA. He is life member of IASLIC, MLAI, HLAI, BOSLA and many other professional associations. He has more than 30 publications to his credit in national and international journals and presented many papers in national/international conferences. His research interests include identifying and exploring internet information resources, free health online resources, open access initiatives, economic journal subscription models, and scientific content development on websites. The study of publication productivity of individual scientists, institutions and specific domains are his other areas of interest. 

Open Science and Ethics: Researcher's Perspective


Open Science aims to promote the transparency of research results with reproducibility options and simultaneously increase visibility. It opens up opportunities to enhance readability and support in widening the knowledge base of a discipline. The last two decades have witnessed several publishing models viz., open access publishing, open data sharing, open repositories, and participatory designs by various stakeholders to adopt and promote open access initiatives. Concurrently, it also has posed challenges to professionals regarding the reliability of open access contents from the dubious publications that have flourished on the web. The proliferation of questionable publication practices and predatory journals has become a menace to the scientific community. Scientists who unknowingly refer from such questionable resources and cite in their honest research reports or join the editorial team fall victims to such a community and expose their academic integrity and career at stake. This paper discusses different ways of identifying and evaluating open science sources and highlights best ethical practices from the researcher's perspective.