Researchers, students and lecturers have been urged to make use of modern technologies in order to achieve maximum outputs in their academic endeavours.
Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affairs Prof. David Mulati was speaking when he presided over the official launch of the Library/Elsevier training workshop for postgraduate students, lecturers, and researchers, Tuesday, February 3, 2015.
Noting “The world of academia is and can be very exciting if you as a researcher conduct your investigations within the set ethical, legal and academic parameters,” Prof. Mulati cautioned that “it could also be a nightmare if one veered off the stated parameters.”
Reminding participants of people who have had their academic papers revoked for either plagiarism, Prof. Mulati observed that with the fast evolution of the open access landscape and the global establishment of institutional repositories, the research terrain has been enlarged, thus making a compelling case for any researcher not only to check for correctness of facts but also the ethical, legal, socio-political issues. He lauded the University Library for “addressing the issue of plagiarism, citation of e-resources and general sensitization to ensure high quality research output.”
The-one-day training saw participants taken through issues of plagiarism, referencing and citation management, which are integral components in any research enterprise.
Customer Development Manager (Africa) Science and Technology at Elsevier Mr. Mohamed Sayed, gave an illuminating presentation on how the researchers could utilize the Mendeley reference software to manage, share, annotate and cite research papers. He also tipped the researchers on the best approaches to adopt in order to achieve high research outputs by leveraging on Scopus and as well as the Science Direct data base.
Isaac Mwangi, a self published author from Mina Chariots Publishers, shared the joys and perils of publishing and challenged the participants to explore the opportunities and possibilities of self-publishing.
Commenting on the training, head of University Library Services Dr Roselyne Mang’ira, said to ensure sustainability of programme, the trainer of trainers’ component had been integrated in the training to ensure that the skills gained are cascaded to other JKUAT library users.
The workshop was organized and facilitated by the University Library and Elsevier, a key e-resources supplier and publisher.