Chemical sciences include a variety of branches related to most of the fundamental and applied sciences. Large numbers of research programs are engaged in association with chemical sciences at different levels. Awareness and ready availability of up-to-date reference literature is a basic for a quality-based and standardized research work. Considering the huge number of research centers and innumerable researchers, establishment of appropriate means for the communication of relevant scientific literature amongst these researchers will be a novel concept of current interest.

In India, there are numerous educational institutes, research centers, senior colleges and university departments where research is carried out in different fields. Large number of students, teachers and research fellows are engaged in advance research. However, the situation in most of the colleges and newly established universities is not ideal in connection of appropriate facilities for reference work. Many researchers and teachers are unaware about the necessity and importance of up-to-date scientific knowledge for research purpose. This problem has risen from communication gap between experienced and budding scientists. Therefore, a five component working model designed for the purpose of communication of science to these researchers will be highly appreciable in educational and research field.

Chemistry being the most fundamental science was selected as a representative example. With this background, the main object of this project was to undertake a detailed and systematic study of the current status of the use of literature in chemical sciences by researchers from selected research centers in and around Pune city. In this, the main task was to realize the present situation regarding the awareness towards the importance and necessity of reference work. This helped in creation of an appropriate foundation for planning and carrying out the research work in proper direction. For practical convenience, the researchers were classified into different categories like students, teachers, research fellows, research supervisors and other faculty members. Specific requirements of each category were considered. A survey of the type and nature of reference literature to be referred by research workers belonging to different categories was undertaken. From this survey, attempts were made to establish appropriate recommendations and communicate the same to researchers. This model was found to be useful to most of the researchers which resulted into a fruitful research work.

The five component model designed for actual working purpose included (a) personal interviews with researchers (b) communication through correspondence, questioner and e-mails (c) survey of departmental libraries (d) citation analysis of the dissertations (e) data of research publications in national and international journals and their assessment in the light of impact factors and citation index.

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Communication of literature in chemical sciences to researchers from research centers situated in and around pune city:A representative model for communication of science to researchers

U. Kulkarni   Yashwantrao Mohite College, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University

M. Mugade   Yashwantrao Mohite College, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University

M. Wadekar   Yashwantrao Mohite College, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University

V. Dhapte   Yashwantrao Mohite College, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University

S. Takale – Yashwantrao Mohite College, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University

Chemical sciences include a variety of branches related to most of the fundamental and applied sciences. Large numbers of research programs are engaged in association with chemical sciences at different levels. Awareness and ready availability of up-to-date reference literature is a basic for a quality-based and standardized research work. Considering the huge number of research centers and innumerable researchers, establishment of appropriate means for the communication of relevant scientific literature amongst these researchers will be a novel concept of current interest.

In India, there are numerous educational institutes, research centers, senior colleges and university departments where research is carried out in different fields. Large number of students, teachers and research fellows are engaged in advance research. However, the situation in most of the colleges and newly established universities is not ideal in connection of appropriate facilities for reference work. Many researchers and teachers are unaware about the necessity and importance of up-to-date scientific knowledge for research purpose. This problem has risen from communication gap between experienced and budding scientists. Therefore, a five component working model designed for the purpose of communication of science to these researchers will be highly appreciable in educational and research field.

Chemistry being the most fundamental science was selected as a representative example. With this background, the main object of this project was to undertake a detailed and systematic study of the current status of the use of literature in chemical sciences by researchers from selected research centers in and around Pune city. In this, the main task was to realize the present situation regarding the awareness towards the importance and necessity of reference work. This helped in creation of an appropriate foundation for planning and carrying out the research work in proper direction. For practical convenience, the researchers were classified into different categories like students, teachers, research fellows, research supervisors and other faculty members. Specific requirements of each category were considered. A survey of the type and nature of reference literature to be referred by research workers belonging to different categories was undertaken. From this survey, attempts were made to establish appropriate recommendations and communicate the same to researchers. This model was found to be useful to most of the researchers which resulted into a fruitful research work.

The five component model designed for actual working purpose included (a) personal interviews with researchers (b) communication through correspondence, questioner and e-mails (c) survey of departmental libraries (d) citation analysis of the dissertations (e) data of research publications in national and international journals and their assessment in the light of impact factors and citation index.

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