ResearchGate Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

ResearchGateResearchGate 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 ( It is given as part of the reference to a publication.

Why do you need a DOI?

  • Showcase all of your research. A DOI enables other researchers to find all of your work online, including your conference papers and posters, raw and negative data, and any other research you would like to share.
  • Make your research citable. DOIs provide information on where your work can be found online. They are guaranteed to never change, making them a great way to provide a reliable link to any of your research.
  • Put a date on your discovery. A DOI includes information on the publishing date of your research, to make sure you get the credit you deserve.

In line with this trend, ResearchGate started assigning free DOIs to unpublished works that researchers upload on researchGate.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.



(published on 17/01/2019)

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

Authors are encouraged to register with the journal and submit the articles online. Optionally email the editor on MUHOHO.NG' 

Other online journals published by Kenyatta University are:

Chemchemi International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences and Msingi Journal

(published on 08/01/2019)

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

(published on 08/01/2019)

New year academic resolutions

New yearAs you make your new years’ academic resolutions, the Kenyatta University Post Modern Library can help you achieve your goals in the following ways:

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

(published on 02/02/2019)

Editage Insights Author Services

editage-branding-logoThe 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.

(published on 19/11/2018)

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

(published on 08/11/2018)

Clean up your Google Scholar Profile data

scholar_logo_30dpIf 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:

  • Clicking on the title of each offending article by checking the box found next to the article title
  • Then clicking the trashcan/“Delete” button

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

(published on 29/10/2018)

Easy Rapid and Transparent Publishing

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

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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.


Tips on rewriting your thesis as a journal article | Editage Insights. (n.d.). Retrieved October 5, 2018, from

Extracting a journal article from your thesis - Author Services. (2018). Retrieved from

(published on 08/10/2018)

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

(published on 16/05/2018)

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