the activities undertaken by the Academy since 1934, publication
of scientific journals has occupied the pride of place. This
programme is characterized by the basic philosophy that no journal
published by the Academy will be in competition with other similar
ones published in the country; that the Academy will co-operate
with other agencies in bringing out its journals; that papers
for publication need not be communicated by Fellows; and that
all papers submitted would be subject to scrutiny by referees.
The first issue of the Academy Proceedings appeared in July
1934 as a monthly and it soon became two monthlies in July 1935,
one section devoted to physical sciences and the other to life
sciences. In 1973, a new physics journal entitled Pramana was
added. In 1977, the publications programme was considerably
enlarged with the two sections of Proceedings split into several
theme journals devoted to mathematics, chemistry, earth and
planetary sciences, plant sciences, animal sciences, and modern
biology. New journals in materials science and astrophysics
and astronomy were added. In 1985, the Academy took over and
revived the Journal of Genetics, the oldest journal of its kind
in the English language. The latest addition to the list of
journals entitled Resonance is aimed at improving the quality
of science education and teaching. The Academy also collaborates
with Current Science Association in bringing out a fortnightly
interdisciplinary journal Current Science, published since 1932.
The number of journals currently published by the Academy is
eleven covering all major disciplines in science and technology.
The Academy is now considered as the single largest scientific
publisher in the country.
Besides regular journals, special publications of topical interest
are frequently brought out.