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Rapid publishingEmerald Open Research is a new open access publishing platform that supports rapid publication and allows authors to achieve transparency through an open peer review process and open data policy.

The platform will begin by accepting research within six gateways which are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals identified by the United Nations: Sustainable Food Systems, Healthy Lives, Responsible Management, Sustainable Cities, 21st Century Education and the Digital World.

The platform will launch and begin accepting submissions at the end of 2018. However in the meantime if you are interested in submitting your work please contact editorial@emeraldopenresearch.com.

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(published on 21/10/2018)

Kenyatta University Post Modern Library Shines at Maktaba Library of the Year Awards 2018

The Post Modern Library submitted its entry to the Maktaba Awards (Library of the Year Awards) and the finals were held on Friday 12th October 2018 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. The Maktaba Awards is sponsored by Kenya Library Association, Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and The Ministry of Sports and Heritage.

The Awards recognize excellence in the provision of Library and Information services in Kenya. Interested Libraries were requested to submit their profiles highlighting the following areas:

  •          Currency,  diversity and relevance of the Library collection

  •          Innovative and creativity in service provision

  •          Application of modern technologies in Library services

  •         Collection, preservation and dissemination of local content and indigenous knowledge

  •          Service to the local community.

Kenyatta University Post Modern Library emerged position two (2) in the Academic Libraries Category.

 

(published on 15/10/2018)

Getting a journal article out of your thesis

Here are tips that may get you started and unravel the process of getting publishable articles out of your thesis.

As you start off, you need to recognize that theses and journal articles are very different in terms of purpose and audience. Theses serve an educational purpose and their primary audience is the examiner. The student is therefore required to demonstrate their understanding of the subject and research techniques. Theses are therefore of necessity longer and more verbose than journal articles whose audience is a researcher looking for concise information. How then do you transform the academic thesis to a journal article successfully?

  • Length: Each of the sections in the thesis need to be shortened. The final length of the article should conform to the targeted journal’s requirements.
  • Focus the paper on one key message from the thesis
  • Isolate key findings that are supported by strong evidence and report on these
  • Identify the potential journal that will present your work in the best way possible. One of the easiest way to select a potential journal is by reviewing your reference list. See also Journal suggesters/Recommenders.

Nb: Remember to mention that the article is based on your thesis.

Bibliography

Tips on rewriting your thesis as a journal article | Editage Insights. (n.d.). Retrieved October 5, 2018, from   https://www.editage.com/insights/tips-on-rewriting-your-thesis-as-a-journal-article

Extracting a journal article from your thesis - Author Services. (2018). Retrieved from https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/extracting-a-journal-article-from-your-thesis/

(published on 08/10/2018)

Kenyatta University at the 6th Emerald Knowledge Ambassadors Workshop

The 6th Emerald Knowledge Ambassadors Workshop was held at Daystar University, Nairobi on 28th September 2018. Participants from different universities showcase their creativity in creating awareness of available electronic books and journals and promote the library as a brand. This year, Kenyatta University was represented by Timothy Anunda, Catherine Njuki, Godwins Osimbo, Veronica Mathu, Margaret Kinyua and Stephen Omondi. The team presented a very entertaining skit themed “Voices of transition”

(published on 03/10/2018)

Convenient access to eBooks and eJournals on SpringerLink

SpringerLink provides access to online journals, books and reference works. You can access these resources conveniently from your mobile device. SpringerLink supports access on any device by automatically adjusting the site-setup that is optimal for the screen size of the device that is used to visit the site. Readers can choose to download individual book chapters or full eBooks. When accessing the resources outside the Kenyatta University Network, please go through the Off Campus Access platform. If your off campus access account has not been activated, email maktaba@ku.ac.ke and provide your corporate/university email and registration/PF Number.

(published on 24/09/2018)

Kenyatta University Online Journals

Click here to view Kenyatta University Online Journals. The journals were previously published in print version. They are now hosted on the Online Journal System (OJS). Some of the journals are:

(published on 29/08/2018)

Access to ClinicalKey

ClinicalKey_shareClinicalKey is a clinical search engine that gives you access to over 1,400 disease topic pages covering risk factors, treatments, clinical manifestations, and more. It covers patient education, clinical overviews, drug monographs, procedures consult, guidelines, books, and journals. Download the ClinicalKey App from the Google Play Store for easy and convenient access.

(published on 24/08/2018)

Kenyatta University emerges second in webometric ranking

Kenyatta University has moved from position three to second position in Kenya in the just released July 2018 edition of Webometric Ranking. 2nd position was previously held by Egerton University in the January 2018 edition. University of Nairobi maintained position one. The ranking is based on web presence, impact, openness and excellence. In Africa, Kenyatta University has continued to improve by securing position 19 up from position 51 and 24 in previous editions. There was also a dramatic improvement in our worldwide ranking as we moved to position 1450 from position 1707 in the January ranking. While we have not yet achieved our rightful place in the ranking, this consistent and marked improvement clearly shows that we are on the right track. The laudable results are courtesy of concerted effort from all the stakeholders led by the Web Ranking Committee. See full results here

 

 

(published on 30/07/2018)

Journal suggesters/recommenders

https://www.journalguide.com/dist/images/ill-search.pngHaving trouble identifying a suitable journal for your research work? Some publishers have provided a service that can assist you in identifying journals based on details of your paper. Here are some of these useful links;

 

(published on 24/07/2018)

Turnitin: A plagiarism check software for Kenyatta University

In view of the need for academic integrity, another key research support tool that the Library has subscribed to is Turnitin. This is a Web-based text matching software that is used to determine the originality of documents in digital format. The software is extensively used by educational institutions and publishers to check originality of documents. It searches and compares submitted documents with its extensive online database as well as those on the Public Web. An originality index indicator/report ranging from '0'-'100' percent is provided. The students' supervisors interprete the report and determine if plagiarism has taken place.

KU Library’s role is to administer the use of the Tool by facilitating the Teaching Staff with Turnitin accounts and provide training on its use. The supervisors' role is to check the similarity (plagiarism level) of students' work, interpret the reports and advise the students. The accepted overall similarity score is 24% and below and 2% or below per source. For more information please read the KU Plagiarism Policy or contact us at  library@ku.ac.ke. 

(published on 02/07/2018)

SAGE Research methods

Find resources to answer your research methods and statistics questions at SAGE ResearchMethods. SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SRMO links researchers to content from books, book chapters, journals, reference books, and videos. SRMO covers methods and concepts to help you design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct your research, and write up your findings. SRMO focuses on methodology  and can therefore be used across all disciplines.

(published on 25/06/2018)

Reference and Citation Management Software

 

                 

 

Now that you know the wide spectrum of online books and journals available to you, what is required of you as you make use of them? As a responsible researcher, you are obligated to give credit to the owners of the information by acknowledging them in your citations and compiling the information sources you have used in a reference list. This safeguards you from plagiarism accusations. You can do this manually (very tedious) or make use of citation and reference management softwares. Kenyatta University Library advocates for Zotero and Mendeley Reference Management Software. These two tools are free. They help you cite and manage your references automatically. The software additionally help you collaborate with other researchers, back up your work and access your work on the go from any device. The library also offers free training on these software. This takes about 30-45 minutes. Download and explore one of them and you will be amazed at how much easier the management of your references and citations will be.

 

(published on 19/06/2018)

Tools and services that will make your research easier

 

The Kenyatta University Library has provided tools that will make every stage of your research work easier and less time consuming. We will be telling you about these tools in subsequent posts. Let us start with the most basic. Current and up to date online books and journals are available here. Each of the database gives you information on the subject coverage. You can opt to search all the online resources simultaneously on this link. They are accessible from any location. If you are accessing the e-books and e-journals from outside the university network, click here and follow the simple instructions on the platform. In the next write up we will introduce you to tools that help you in citing and referencing. This means that you do not need to worry about the commas and the fullstops in your reference list or bibliography.

 

(published on 06/06/2018)

Publishing your research results

TCS-Logo-V-RGB-300x232Sharing research results with the world is key to the progress of your discipline and career. But with so many publications, how can you be sure you can trust a particular journal? Follow this check list to make sure you choose trusted journals for your research. (Extract from https://thinkchecksubmit.org/)

(published on 16/05/2018)

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