Scientific Information Resource Division




  • Emerald Real Impact Awards 2020 : Library commitment to Impact bestowed to SIRD, IGCAR
  • Digitally transformed research library award bestowed to SIRD, IGCAR in 2019

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Technology Developed

Indigenous development of Pre-print Server by SIRD to enforce Guidelines to authorship and Publications of Papers at IGCAR
  • IGCAR is committed to ensuring the highest ethical standards in its publications, conforming to the principles of honesty, fairness, and scientific integrity. SIRD was entrusted with the task of developing a Pre-prints portal (Figure-1). SIRD manages the institutional publications through the pre-print management portal and archival systems. The Pre-Prints server facilitates co-author review, approval of the superiors, and plagiarism checking mechanisms to the manuscripts uploaded by the corresponding author. The approving authority is responsible to check if the data to be published is not classified data of the department. Additionally, journal selection for the preprints is from the UGC-CARE list included in the portal to ensure publications are on indexed journals. Automatic email alerts, lockout of periods, version management, docket number generation are special features implemented.

Digitally Transformed Research Library
  • RFID-based integrated library management system (ILMS) based on open-source KOHA is implemented at IGCAR Library. Latest RFID devices (figure-3) such as electronic article surveillance gates, hand-held readers, programming stations, and new generation tags are commissioned for smooth library operations. The article surveillance gate was integrated to the ILMS and programmed to display the unauthorized checkouts in addition to an audio alarm. The Library membership cards were integrated to employee cards of various Units of DAE at Kalpakkam. The Library entry is protected by RFID, which allows all Personnel from any DAE unit visiting IGCAR. The centralized Library Gateway Portal (LGP) of SIRD (Figure-2) is an access point to all the subscribed and in-house information resources and services.

  • The standards, Journal platforms, full-text databases, citation databases, dissertation databases, the institutional repository of IGCAR, the ILL, the photo gallery, video libraries, in-house publications on digital racks, etc., are a few of the features of the LGP. Off-Campus access to the subscribed e-resources is facilitated through a cloud-based application / mobile app (Figure-4).
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IGCAR instance of Indian Research Information Network System (IRINS)
  • SIRD is the nodal agent which has played a key role in creating the IGCAR instance of IRINS. The portal ingests the scholarly publication from various sources such as academic identity such as ORCID ID, Scopus ID, Research ID, Microsoft Academic ID, Google Scholar ID, etc. The portal reports the H index of publications, altmetrics, crossref, citations with filters on experts, subjects, scientist*(grade), etc. and for each individual, author collaboration graph, list of publications up to abstract level, H indices would be readily available.

  • SIRD, IGCAR has created an instance in the Indian Research Information Network System (IRINS). The IRINS is a web-based database of Research Information Management (RIM). This portal enables the scientists and engineers of IGCAR to showcase their research contributions to the peer group, and it is a powerful tool to increase the exposure of Indian research to the International community.
  • Three auditoriums viz., Sarabhai, Convention Centre, and Ramana auditoriums, with seating capacities 300, 180, and 90 respectively, are operated and maintained by SIRD. These auditoriums are equipped with a state-of-the-art digital audio conferencing system and HDMI-based projection facilities. Live Video Streaming facility is installed in Sarabhai Auditorium to live-stream the events across the IGCAR intranet and internet (Figure-6). The entire event is documented by photography and videography services by SIRD. Recently, a non-linear editing lab is installed in SIRD to edit the videos into short films with necessary audio mixing and voice-over.
Centralized Institutional Repository
  • SIRD is the hub for maintaining the knowledge document of the center. It has installed, configured, and commissioned the open-source software, namely Dspace with Dublin core metadata format and OAI-PMH standard for interoperability. Extensive customization in the Metadata registry, Item Display, Browse fields, Browse Layout, Discovery, etc., are done. Additionally, a web-based IGCAR Research Contribution database is developed to house the scholarly publications of IGCAR.
  • The Library compiled the scientific progress, events, new facilities, infrastructure, basic research, technology transfers, information on incubation, societal benefit programs, and biodiversity documentation and published it as Annual Report. An ISSN-based newsletter with the latest progress in experiments, expert opinion, theses, the events, awards, and honors of individuals are published every quarterly (Figure-7).
  • The Institutional Repository (IR) of IGCAR collects, preserves and disseminates the digital copies of the institution's intellectual output. SIRD is using DSpace software for archiving the knowledge assets of the centre since 2018. The Dublin Core metadata format is used. It is accessible over the intranet to end-users within the institute through library gateway portal http://vaigai. The knowledge assets in the IR are as follows:Publications of IGCAR since 1972 , IGC Reports since 1973, IGCAR theses since 1976 , HBNI theses since 2005, IGC Newsletters since 1986 , IGC Annual Reports since 2004 , News clips related to Atomic Energy
Citation Studies
  • Scientific Information Resource Center at IGCAR subscribes to citation databases viz. Web of Science and Scopus for supporting R&D activities. Google Scholar Citations Profile has been created for individual groups within IGCAR to measure the research impact of publications. Top cited journal papers, journal impact factor, H-index, G-index, i10, and other citation metrics are provided periodically for NAAC, UGC, HBNI, and collaborative institutions. Citation data are provided for the scientists and researchers, for individual promotions, awards nomination, fellowship, and providing PRIS (Performance Incentives Schemes) for the department. E-mail alerts were created in the publisher websites and citation databases to receive metadata of newly published articles through e-mails. They are the critical sources for updating the centralized publication repository maintained by SIRD.
Biodiversity Documentation
  • The scientific information resource division at IGCAR has taken the job of documenting the biodiversity of the DAE campus at Kalpakkam by recording the avian species that regularly visit the area to breed and the species that are native to this land. It is challenging to photograph birds as many of them are cryptic and shy away from human presence. Getting good photographs of rare and seasonal visitors is even more challenging.
  • To make the investigation more scientific and accurate, renowned scientists from Salim Ali School of Ornithology and Nature were approached for identification and authentication. As a first phase SIRD has published a book on birds called “Our Feathered Friends @ DAE Kalpakkam Complex – A glance through the lens” (as shown in fig-) with ISBN and SIRD, IGCAR is the Publisher.
Integrated Library Management System
  • SIRD has customised an open-source software called KOHA as a comprehensive integrated library management solution(ILMS) since 2018.
  • This ILMS complies with various library standards, such as MARC21 and UNIMARC support for professional cataloguing, Z39.50 search, and export and import records using ISO2709 format.


  • Sarabhai Auditorium with digital audio conference system, live video streaming facilities
  • RFID based Integrated Library Management Facility
  • Book arrangement by UDC classification
  • Zero Client based User Access Stations
  • Compact Shelving Facility to store Back volumes
  • Digital Library Storage and Servers


  • Library Gateway Portal (http://vaigai) for accessing all information resources and services of SIRD
  • Institutional Repository in Dublin core standard
  • Pre-Prints Management system with plagiarism check facility
  • In house Publication
  • Publication on Bio-diversity in DAE premises at Kalpakkam in 2021
  • Photography/Videography Facility
Information Resources (Books / Journals / Technical Reports / Standards / Theses / Databases)
  • Books : Collections of 65,000 Books
  • Back volumes : 50,000 Back volumes
  • e-Journals : 800 e-Journals – e-Journal Models ( Pick & Choose, Packages, Consortia ) & a few print journals
  • Technical Reports : 1,80,000 Technical reports
  • Standards : 18,000 Standards – ASME-BPVC, ASTM/ANSI, BIS, RCC-MR, ISO-IEC,e-Standards, etc.
  • Theses : 700 Theses
  • Subject-specific Databases: Springer LB, SciFinder, Alloy Centre, Alloy Phase Diagram, ICDD, IEEE-IEL, NTIS/NTRL, & Proquest dissertation database
  • Citation Databases: Scopus, Google Scholor, Web of Science
Research Assistance Tools
  • iThenticate - plagiarism Software
  • Endnote - reference manager
  • Grammarly - digital writing assistance tool
  • Typeset - scientific writing tool
  • Myloft - remote access tool for library resources
  • JGate - discovery tool for journal articles, etc.
Compact Shelving

It is a compact, space-saving storage solution used in the IGCAR library and archives to maximize the storage capacity of a given area. Compact shelving systems feature movable shelves that can be condensed or expanded to create space-efficient storage configurations.

Scientific Browsing Facility

The patrons and research scholars make use of the Scientific browsing facility to explore scientific literature, research articles, academic papers, and other scholarly sources subscribed by IGCAR and stay updated on advancements in their research field.