|ResearchGate Digital Object Identifier (DOI)|
ResearchGate defines a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) as a unique identifier that provides a permanent link to any research you add to your profile – making it easily findable and citable. The DOI has also been described as the paper’s digital fingerprint. Each article receives a unique one at birth, and it can be used to identify the article throughout its lifespan, no matter where it goes. It is that part of the reference that looks like a string of numbers and letters. This is how it looks like (https://doi.org/10.1109/5.771073). It is given as part of the reference to a publication.
Why do you need a DOI?
In line with this trend, ResearchGate started assigning free DOIs to unpublished works that researchers upload on researchGate. One of the steps during the uploading process requires you to indicate if you would like to "generate DOI for this publication". For more information, click here
Nb: If the publisher had already assigned a DOI to the work, do not generate another one.
|Call for articles/papers|
The editor of The East and Central Africa Medical Journal (ECAMJ) is inviting submissions for consideration for publishing. The ECAMJ is a high quality open access peer reviewed research journal that is published online. The journal is a product of the School of Medicine of Kenyatta University, Kenya. It provides a platform for researchers, academicians, professional practitioners and students to impart and share knowledge in the form of high quality theoretical research work. ECAMJ is indexed by Google scholar. Read about the journal by clicking this link See previous issues here
Other online journals published by Kenyatta University are:
|Identifying and avoiding predatory conferences|
The risk of falling prey to predatory journals has been voiced by many researchers and stakeholders in academia. Predatory conferences are however a relatively new entrant. The scholarly community has developed the Think.Check.Attend checklist to help scholars steer clear of predatory conferences. A similar checklist that can help identify fraudulent journals is the Think.Check.Submit checklist. In a nutshell, before you spend your money on any conference, ask yourself the questions listed here
|New year academic resolutions|
Access to e-books and e-journals
Click here to see e-books and e-journals available to you. For those doing their research, Sage Research Methods database provides resources that answer your research methods and statistics questions. The most recent addition to our e-resources is the Clinical key database The database gives you access to over 1,400 disease topic pages covering risk factors, treatments, clinical manifestations, and more.
You can opt to search all the online resources simultaneously on this link. The resources are accessible from any location. For access when off the campus network, click here and follow the simple instructions on the platform.
Reference management tools
Manual referencing and citation can be very tedious and wastes a lot of your valuable time. Zotero and Mendeley Reference Management Software are free softwares help you cite and manage your references automatically. This means that you do not need to worry about the commas and the fullstops in your reference list or bibliography.
Need help? Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
|Editage Insights Author Services|
The Editage author education portal is resourceful in empowering academic authors across the globe with the knowledge of good publication practices through workshops and webinar programs. Although, some of the services are offered on subscription, the Q and A forum is free and very rich. You can sign up to the platform to get updates.
|ClinicalKey training for Kenyatta University Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing|
Faculty staff and students from the Kenyatta University Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing were trained on the ClinicalKey platform on 6th and 7th November 2018. The sessions were facilitated by Mohamed Tanamly who has a medical background. He also introduced participants to ClinicalKey Medical Education. Kenyatta University has been given trial access to the platform which has been described as the next-generation medical learning platform
|Clean up your Google Scholar Profile data|
If you set up your Google Scholar Account to “automatically update the list of articles in my profile” there is the real risk that your profile may include papers you have not authored. It is therefore highly advisable to clean up or edit your profile by:
Optionally, consider changing article update setting from “automatically update the list of articles in my profile” (which is normally the default setting) to “Don’t automatically update my profile.” The later option gives you the opportunity to vet the suggested articles before adding them to your profile.
To create a google scholar account click here
|Easy Rapid and Transparent Publishing|
Emerald 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 email@example.com.
|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:
Kenyatta University Post Modern Library emerged position two (2) in the Academic Libraries Category.
|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?
Nb: Remember to mention that the article is based on your thesis.
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/
|Publishing your research results|
Sharing 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/)