Publishing of Scientific Research on the Rise in Kenya

Research output in scientific scholarly publications in Kenya has been on the increase yearly by 10% since 2006. The rise has been attributed to thirst for education and improvement in technology.

This was conveyed by Dr. Jacco Flipsen, Editorial Director Life Sciences at Springer, during a library workshop dubbed; Publishing Scientific Research held at JKUAT Main Campus, Juja.

Prof Ngamau (standing) making his presentation at the workshop. He is flanked by from left, Mr Wanyama, Dr. Flipsen

Dr. Flipsen said, the research publications in Kenya were mostly in the field of Biomedical, Life Science, Medicine, Engineering/Physics, Humanities and Social Sciences.  He added that the importance of publishing research is to advanced scientific knowledge and exchange ideas amongst peers.

He advice those keen to publish in journals to consider the readership, aims, scope, impact (geographically) and cost in order to be competitive with other scholars globally. He advised that peer refereed papers already published needed to be posted on the university website to give the institution more visibility.

Dr. Flipsen takes the participants through the workshop content

The University’s Dean of Agriculture, Prof. Ngamau Kamau who was representing the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs said, the workshop could not have come at a better time as it was a requirement for postgraduate students to publish the results of their research dissertations in order to graduate.

Prof. Ngamau advised students to take heed of the guidance given by the facilitators in order to produce high impact research papers and journals and also help to demystify the whole process of publishing research work.

A cross section of workshop participants

In his remarks, Rone Robbetze, Springer Vice President Library Sales, Northern/West Europe and Africa, said the forum was an eye opener to Springer, particularly on how journals were processed in the country’s higher education sector and recommended students to use more electronic journals.

Present during the workshop were the University Librarian Mr. Lawrence Wanyama and Springer Senior Accounts Development Specialist, Diana Alkema  and Senior Publishing Editor, Maryse Elliot.

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