Impact of journal choice on your citation count

We looked at basic tips on optimizing the impact of your research here. Still on the subject of visibility of your research the choice of journal you publish in needs careful attention. Here are factors to consider;

    1.The most basic question to consider is if the journal is available online. Publishing in a print only journal will greatly limit access and visibility of your research.
    2.Publish in an open access journal. Directory of Open Access Journals is a good place to help in identifying authentic and authoritative open access journals.  Browse by subject to get an idea of the journals that are available on your subject.
    3.Choose a journal that KU has subscribed to. This means that any staff or student in any university in Kenya is able to access the full text of your work hence increasing the chances of being cited.
    4.Target a journal with a high impact factor. The SCImago Journal & Country Rank portal is an authoritative source of information on journal impact factor. The portal can also help in identifying a journal you can publish in.
    5.Target a journal with high visibility. The most basic indexing site you should check on is Google Scholar. To check if the journal is indexed by Google scholar, search for it here. It is also important to find out if it is indexed in electronic databases. It would be even better if it is indexed in subject specific electronic databases in your discipline.

NB: Some journals are now fraudulently claiming to be indexed by different indexing sites. Confirm and verify by searching for the journal on the sites.


(published on 17/04/2018)

Optimising the impact of your research

Visibility and impact of research as a tool for evaluating researchers and awarding research funds is becoming increasingly important. Having accomplished the often daunting task of publishing your work in the right journal, you need to actively embark on optimizing the impact of your work. Here are a few basic tips on improving your citation count.

1. Create a Google scholar profile.

2. Submit your research to the library ( for uploading to the Kenyatta University Institutional Repository.

3. Get an author id. This helps you showcase your research from one account and track your citation counts. Examples of author ids are ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID), and ResearcherID . The great thing is that once you create an account in either of the two the data can be shared.

Other platforms that will make your research more visible are Researchgate, Linkedin, and Kudos

      Remember to keep the account profiles updated.

Nb: Your profile should be as complete as possible. Use your corporate email and get your affiliation right!

(published on 04/04/2018)

Access to Kenyatta University’s theses, dissertations and other research materials

For access to theses and dissertations done at Kenyatta University please click here This takes you to the Kenyatta University Institutional Repository. The repository collects preserves and disseminates Kenyatta University’s intellectual output in digital form. The output is in form of Books, Book Reviews and Book Chapters, Conference /Workshop / Seminar Papers, Theses and Dissertations and Research Papers.

Theses from other repositories are accessible on the Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR). Content from DOAR has been migrated to CORE (Connecting Repositories)

(published on 29/03/2018)

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) is an online research tool that “pulls together” almost all of our Library resources so that they can be explored using a single search box. One can search a number of multi-disciplinary e-resources databases that are already subscribed by Kenyatta University through EDS Federated search bar.

Kenyatta University Library is using EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) on trial basis as subscription modalities are being negotiated.

(published on 20/03/2018)


Kenyatta University Library has subscribed access to over 35,000 full-text eBooks accessible through the OPAC for both springerlink and ScienceDirect databases. Online ebooks are manifested with a  Link (URL) instead of a Call No. when search results are displayed individually. You can also search the two databases directly through the E-resources Link or through the off-campus platform when logged-in.

ClinicalKey database is the the newly subscribed database hosting eBooks and Journals on Medicine and the Health Sciences.

(published on 29/01/2018)


Peruse through Beall’s List of  Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access journals. Also scan through Beall's list of questionable Journal Publishers.

Access Jeffrey Beall's Criteria for Determining Predatory Open Access Publishers. These views represent the personal opinion of the author (Jeffrey Beall)  and do not reflect the position of Kenyatta University. 

(published on 12/01/2018)

Open Access Informercial

In the spirit of celebrating and supporting open access,Kenyatta University Library in collaboration with KU TV and INASP produced a Video/Infomercial.

 This was in line with the “Open in Action” theme, where the various steps taken by the library to make the resources accessible are highlighted. Open Access and self-archiving concepts are highly elaborated. Advantages of open access, the various policies that support and promote the same; as well as the challenges facing open access are well explained.

(published on 15/11/2016)

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