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Determinants of research output submission in institutional repositories by faculty members in Nigerian universities

Colette Ogugua Onyebinama (University Library, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Owerri, Nigeria)
Chinwe Veronica Anunobi (Festus Aghagbo Nwako Library, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria)
Uzochukwu Anelechi Ubaferem Onyebinama (Department of Agricultural Economics, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 11 January 2021

Issue publication date: 18 April 2022




This paper aims to determine and analyze the rate of content submission by lecturers in relation to type of university, discipline, academic qualification, rank and teaching experience and identified the determinants of research output submission by faculty members in Nigerian varsities.


The survey was conducted in six universities with functional institutional repositories in Southern Nigeria. Data collated through questionnaire from the university lecturers were analyzed using frequency distribution, percentages and regression analysis.


Results showed that submission of research output was higher for lecturers in Social Sciences than for those in the Sciences; the highest among those with doctorate degree, senior lecturers and those with 6–10 years of teaching experience. The rank of faculty members and the type of university were significant determinants of research output submission.

Research limitations/implications

The survey was limited to universities in Southern Nigeria with functional institutional repositories. There should be further investigations on same study in universities with functional institutional repositories in other regions in Nigeria.

Practical implications

Increased submission rate by faculty members will sustain the institutional repositories.

Social implications

Faculty members get in contact, make friends and engage in collaborative research.


This report contributes to the global knowledge and communication’s field through the provision of empirical evidence on the determinants of content submission in open access institutional repositories.



The lead author thanks Dr Chinwe. V. Anunobi for her kind supervision and guidance during the writing of the Dissertation from which data for this work was drawn. The author also thanks Uzo. A.U. Onyebinama for the statistical analysis of the work.


Onyebinama, C.O., Anunobi, C.V. and Onyebinama, U.A.U. (2022), "Determinants of research output submission in institutional repositories by faculty members in Nigerian universities", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 38 No. 2, pp. 146-160.



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