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Assessing scholarly communication competence in Zambian library professionals

A. Subaveerapandiyan (Department of Library, Bennett University, Greater Noida, India)
Priyanka Sinha (Department of Library and Information Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India)

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

ISSN: 2514-9342

Article publication date: 28 February 2024




This study aims to assess the scholarly communication competence of Zambian library and information science (LIS) professionals by evaluating their awareness, knowledge and practices regarding scholarly publication.


Applying a quantitative research approach, the study used a specially designed questionnaire. Responses from 57 professionals across universities and colleges in Zambia were gathered using convenience sampling. Data analysis involved descriptive statistics, mean and standard deviation calculations and t-values and p-values to understand respondents’ perceptions and knowledge of scholarly communication and publication.


The findings revealed significant gaps in respondents’ knowledge and awareness, particularly regarding predatory journals, journal selection factors, open-access models, publication challenges, reference management software (RMS) usage and research obstacles. The study underscored the necessity for increased training and capacity-building initiatives among Zambian LIS professionals to enhance their scholarly communication competence.


This research contributed to the field by highlighting deficiencies in scholarly communication awareness among Zambian LIS professionals. It emphasised the need for targeted interventions, awareness programs and educational support to improve academic literacy and scholarly publication practices. Additionally, the study suggested future research avenues, such as longitudinal studies and strategies for enhancing RMS adoption, to advance scholarly practices among Zambian professionals further.



The authors extend their gratitude to the Library and Information Science Association in Zambia (LIAZ) and its President, Mrs Mutinta M. Nabuyanda, as well as all association members who completed the form.


Subaveerapandiyan, A. and Sinha, P. (2024), "Assessing scholarly communication competence in Zambian library professionals", Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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