University scholars have been challenged to take advantage of available modern electronic technologies to access quality research publications in order to achieve optimum research outputs in their areas of specialization.
Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo was speaking to participants drawn from the Faculty of Agriculture and Institute of Biotechnology Research, during the official launch of the e-resources training workshop for teaching staff and researchers. The workshop, organized by the University Library, Monday, June 29, aimed at equipping participants with information search strategies, citation and referencing tools among others.
Prof. Odhiambo reiterated that as an institution whose core business is training, research and innovation, the need for JKUAT scholars “to have access to quality information and all necessary research tools to carry out the mandate effectively” cannot be gainsaid.
“Access to current and quality research articles is a prerequisite for producing quality and up-to-date research publications,” Prof. Odhiambo added.
The DVC revealed that JKUAT had subscribed to 31 e- Journals databases which publish scholarly articles and access to 4 e- book databases which cover all the subject disciplines undertaken by JKUAT students.
Making reference to the last global Webometric ranking of universities that placed JKUAT at position three in Kenya, the Deputy Vice Chancellor said the parameters used in the ranking included research articles published in high impact journals by persons affiliated to respective institutions.
He thus urged participants to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the training to create Google Scholar Citations accounts, a move he emphasized, would significantly impact on their research production visibility, as well as improving JKUAT’s online visibility globally.
Lauding the University Library team for sensitizing JKUAT Library users on critical issues in knowledge production and dissemination, Prof. Odhiambo also revealed that JKUAT was in the process of acquiring “Turn-It-In anti-plagiarism software” to further strengthen institutional emphasis on originality and authenticity of research output.
The University Librarian in charge of Library Services Dr. Roselyne Mang’ira, tipped researchers on the best approaches to adopt in order to achieve high research outputs by utilizing available e-resources, as well as publishing in high impact journals.
Naomi Chelimo, a participant from the Department of Horticulture shared her experiences: “I learnt that publishing in open access high impact journals increases a researcher’s visibility because other researchers can read and cite your work. I also signed in to Google scholar which if everyone does at JKUAT, it will increase our Webometric score in the next ranking.”
Training participants were also introduced to e-book readers, publishing in high impact journals, improving research profiles, creating Google Scholar accounts, standardized citation formats, management of citations/references using the Mendeley Reference Manager, among others which are integral components in any research enterprise. The training was facilitated by Dr. Patrick Mbindyo, Mr Kipkorir Sang, Ms. Miriam Ndungu and Mr. Richard Midigo.