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Self-archiving options on social networks: a review of options

Monica Eberechukwu Eze (Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria)
Clement Chukwuma Okeji (Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Awka, Nigeria)
Gabriel Ejiobi Bosah (Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research, Benin City, Nigeria)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 6 November 2018

Issue publication date: 21 February 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the study is to investigate the extent to which academic librarians in Nigerian universities utilize self-archiving options to make their research papers visible globally.

Design/methodology/approach

An online survey was designed using SurveyMonkey software to collect data from 394 academic librarians in Nigerian universities.

Findings

The study revealed that the academic librarians in Nigerian universities know and actually use self-archiving options such as ResearchGate, institutional repository and academia.edu to self-archive their publications. While, self-archiving platforms like Kudos, Mendeley.com and personal websites/servers are not popularly used by the academic librarians. Factors such as increased exposure to previously published work broadens the dissemination of academic research generally, which increases institutions’ visibility, were among the options the academic librarians indicated as very important factors that motivate them to contribute their scholarly output to self-archiving options.

Practical implications

The study called for academic librarians in developing countries to voluntarily sign-up to register with self-archiving options such as ResearchGate, Kudos, Mendeley.com, Academia.edu and others to enable them to self-archive their published papers for access globally by students, researchers.

Originality/value

Self-archiving of papers by authors will lead to an increased visibility of the author and possible citation of the work and chances of collaboration with international colleagues for research projects.

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Citation

Eze, M.E., Okeji, C.C. and Bosah, G.E. (2019), "Self-archiving options on social networks: a review of options", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 9-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-12-2017-0091

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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