Storyxpress has won an award for student innovation among start-ups from the Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA).

[Clip from announcement ]

“Shunning lucrative job offers and keeping away from campus interviews, a band of four Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H) students have embarked on the path of business and launched a start-up.

Ankit Mishra, Mudit Tanwani, Sanyam Kapoor and Chinmay Jindal have set up Storyxpress. A brand video which costs as less as five US dollars is what Storyxpress, a software application developed by them, offers. Started two years ago when Ankit and Mudit were in their third year and Sanyam Kapoor and Chinmay Jindal in the first year, Storyxpress evolved from a college startup idea to a full-fledged software application today. Storyxpress has won an award for student innovation among start-ups from the Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA).

“We have made all efforts on Storyxpress in the past two years and are delighted that finally our efforts are getting rewarded. As all of us are students, ours is a bootstrapped start-up and we did not hire anyone or paid salaries to anyone. Even we did not earn any money. Whatever money we earned till now was again invested to better the stroyexpress application,” said Chinmay Jindal, a computer science and engineering student. Being student entrepreneurs has helped these guys as they themselves have developed the application out of interest and taken up its marketing. Wi-Fi connection on the campus made their work easy.”


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NPG Released Nature Publishing Index 2014: IIT’ S Publications

Nature Publishing Index 2014: here

“The Nature Index tracks the affiliations of high-quality scientific articles. Updated monthly, the Nature Index presents recent research outputs by institution and country. Use the Nature Index to interrogate publication patterns and to benchmark research performance.”


The growing contribution to science of Chinese institutions such as Chinese Academy of Sciences is one striking pattern revealed in the recently launched Nature Index. High quality science outputs of 20,000 institutions worldwide can now be easily analysed with the new Nature Index. A freely accessible website is available at and to celebrate this beta release, the Nature Index 2014 Global is published as a supplement to Nature.

The Nature Index database tracks the author affiliations of nearly 60,000 high quality scientific articles published per year, disambiguating over 20,000 research institutions worldwide. The database is compiled by Nature Publishing Group in collaboration with Digital Science.

Articles included in the Nature Index are drawn from 68 natural science journals, identified by researchers as where they would choose to publish their best work. The journals were selected by two independent panels of active scientists, chaired by Professor John Morton (University College London) and Dr Yin-Biao Sun (Kings College, London). More than 2,800 responses to a large-scale survey were used to validate the selections. Nature Publishing Group estimates that these 68 journals account for about 30 percent of total citations to natural science journals.

A rolling 12-month snapshot of data from the Nature Index is openly available under a Creative Commons license at, so that users can analyse scientific research outputs themselves. On the index website, an institution’s output of articles can be viewed across the 12-month data window and by broad subject area. International and domestic collaborations are also shown for each institution. A fractional count indicates an institution’s contribution to an article, taking into account the percentage of authors from an institution (or country) and the number of affiliated institutions per article.
Coverage: 1 September 2013 – 31 August 2014 ( This is a beta release of the Nature Index )


IIT’s (A-Z):

  1. IIT Bhubaneswar(21)
  2. IIT Bombay(81)
  3. IIT Delhi(33)
  4. IIT Gandhinagar(3)
  5. IIT Guwahati(44)
  6. IIT Hyderabad(4)
  7. IIT Indore(21)
  8. IIT Kanpur(51)
  9. IIT Kharagpur(24)
  10. IIT Madras(39)
  11. IIT Mandi(2)
  12. IIT Patna (name not found)
  13. IIT Rajasthan (No research outputs available)
  14. IIT Roorkee (4)
  15. IIT Ropar (3)

IISc (150)

AJM Announce HCV online resource center

The American Journal of Medicine (AJM) has announced the availability of an original, comprehensive, online Hepatitis C Resource Center dedicated to providing primary care providers and specialists with the latest information on the screening, diagnosis, treatment and management of Hepatitis C (HCV).

journalsGuide: a free tool

JournalGuide – a free tool created by Research Square to help researchers choose the best journal for their manuscript – has added a new designation to its database to help authors identify the most reputable publishing options. Journals with this new Verified status are confirmed to be included in at least one high-value index or vetted by more than one subject-specialized index, saving researchers time and energy comparing multiple websites and formats to validate the coverage of a journal.

How Books can open your mind by Michael Sauers

The Information Literacy Song: Dr. James McGrath of Butler University: Viva La Library

Methodology of QS rankings by Elizabeth Redden

“That a major university ranker with global influence used a paid survey site to collect responses has raised some eyebrows: Brian Leiter, a professor and director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago who first posted the professor’s account on his blog, went so far as to call the QS rankings “a fraud on the public.”  Ben Sowter, head of the intelligence unit for the London-based company Quacquarelli Symonds, which creates the rankings, acknowledged that QS contracted with a Utah-based company, Qualtrics, on a trial basis to obtain 400 responses from U.S. academics through a variety of channels, one of which was Opinion Outpost. Sowter said QS has not since that 2012 trial used an approach in which survey respondents received a cash reward, but he defended the general practice of offering modest incentives. “The notion of providing incentives for surveys is not a new one,” he said, adding that this year the company is providing respondents with free downloads of QS reports and that in the past it has entered respondents into drawings for prizes (i.e., an iPad).”

Japan aid to IIT-Hyderabad


Japan will provide $174.8 million (around 870 cr) loan as development aid to the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H), the biggest-ever foreign aid to an IIT, which experts said will have a leapfrog effect on the standard of higher education in the state and boost infrastructure.

Armed with the financial aid, IIT-H will erect nine state-of-the-art buildings, including a special technology centre, new academic blocks and a research park.

Authorities will also use some portion of the money to acquire lab equipment and officials said they would expand its current capacity and student strength from existing 1000 plus to more than 7,500 by 2018.

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JURN An academic search engine that indexes almost 4,000 free e-journals in the arts and humanities.

JURN  An academic search engine that indexes almost 4,000+ free e-journals(arts and humanities)

Physical Sciences Case studies: information use and discovery by RIN, IOP, IOPP

The RIN, the Institute of Physics (IOP), Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) have recently published a set of case studies which provide a detailed analysis of how researchers in the physical sciences discover, use, create and manage their information resources.

  1. Here
  2. here full report
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