Results follow up, EIFL 2017

“Open access: knowledge sharing and sustainable scholarly communication in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda” educates researchers and students about changing scientific knowledge communication landscapes. The project also advocates for the adoption of Open Access policies and mandates by research funding agencies, universities and research organisations.

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Implementing Open Access Policies

The project is implemented in partnership with EIFL partner consortia: Kenya Library & Information Services Consortium (KLISC), Consortium of Tanzania Universities and Research Libraries (COTUL) and Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL).

“Open access: knowledge sharing and sustainable scholarly communication in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda” educates researchers and students about changing scientific knowledge communication landscapes. The project also advocates for the adoption of Open Access policies and mandates by research funding agencies, universities and research organisations.

Advocating for the free online availability of research literature – Open Access – is a powerful solution to the barriers that researchers face trying to access and share critical research that can improve people’s lives.

In 2016, EIFL engaged with the following universities (below) and a baseline of how many had Open Access repositories was carried out. There is a significant growth in terms of knowledge and material being made available by the universities. Some universities were already using Open Access and others may also be doing so but have not actively promoted this service or taken an inventory of what material is available. Many universities in the region are in the process of developing Open Access policies which will likely create the necessary environment for the Open Access repositories to thrive.

This baseline and subsequent improvement in Open Acess publications shows us the importance of advocacy for a particular service. The research will now seek to understand the impacts of the establishment of institutional Open Access policies in East African universities through interviews, observations and focus group discussions. The table below shows the universities that have engaged with Open Access and the growth since EIFL’s advocacy drive. The list does not include the numerous universities in the region where Open Access discussions are ongoing but policies have yet to be adopted.

Progress made in 2016

This is an overview over the progress made in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in 2016

 

Universities

Open Access publications

Universities in Kenya

Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Baseline Open Access publications: 254

OA publications as in August 2018: 3409

Egerton University

Baseline Open Acces publications : 477

OA publications as of August 2018: 926

Kabarak University

Baseline Open Access publications : 300

OA publications as of Mars 2018: 926

Moi University

Baseline Open Access publications : 912

OA publications as of mARS 2018: 854

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology

OA publications as of August 2018: 472

No baseline recorded

Meru University of Science and Technology

OA publications as of August 2018 : 81

No baseline recorded

Kibabii University

OA publications as of August 2018 : 1 898

No baseline recorded

UNEP

OA publications as of August 2018: 22 880

No baseline recorded

Kenya Institute of Management

OA publications as of August 2018: 13

No baseline recorded

Murang'a University of Technology

OA publications as of August 2018: 3 420

No baseline recorded

Mount Kenya University

OA publications as of August 2018: 5 262

No baseline recorded

Karatina University

OA publications as of August 2018: 334

No baseline recorded

Kenyatta University

OA publications as of August 2018: 13 408

No baseline recorded

Management University of Africa

OA publications as of August 2018: 1 825

No baseline recorded

Masidine Muliro University of Science and Technology

OA publications as of August 2018:  191

No baseline recorded

Strathmore University

OA publications as of August 2018: 2 165

No baseline recorded

Pwani University

OA publications as of August 2018 : 367

No baseline recorded

Kenya Technical University

OA publications as of August 2018 : 873

No baseline recorded

Tangaza College

OA publications as of August 2018: 268

No baseline recorded

The Academic Commons@KCA University

OA publications as of August 2018: 292

No baseline recorded

African Virtual University

OA publications as of August 2018: 489

No baseline recorded

University of Nairobi

OA publications as of August 2018: 84 967

No baseline recorded

University of Embu

OA publications as of August 2018: 1 851

No baseline recorded

Kirinyaga University College

OA publications as of August 2018: 101

No baseline recorded

United States International University - Africa

Baseline Open Access publications : 478

OA publications as of August 2018: 3 689

Maseno University

OA publications as of August 2018: 553

No baseline recorded

St. Paul's University

OA publications as of August 2018: 651

No baseline recorded

JKUAT Digital

OA publications as of August 2018: 3 628

No baseline recorded

Daystar University

OA publications as of August 2018: 1 148

No baseline recorded

South Eastern Kenya University

OA publications as of August 2018: 3 781

No baseline recorded

Maasai Mara University

OA publications as of August 2018: 5 057

No baseline recorded

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute

OA publications as of August 2018: 774

No baseline recorded

Universities

Open Access publications

Universities in Tanzania

University of Dar es Salaam

Baseline Open Access publications: 1 858

OA publications as of August 2018: 4 580

Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences

Baseline Open Access publications: 132

OA publications as of December 2017: 146

State University of Zanzibar

OA publications as of January 2017: 1 268

No baseline recorded

Tanzania Commission of AIDS

OA publications as of August 2018: 92

No baseline recorded

Mzumbe University

OA publications as of Mars 2018: 1 686

No baseline recorded

Open University of Tanzania

OA publications as of January 2018: 1 606

No baseline recorded

Ifakara Health Institute

OA publications as of January 2017: 3 111

No baseline recorded

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Services (MUHAS)

OA publications as of January 2017: 1 685

No baseline recorded

Saint Augustine University of Tanzania

OA publications as of August 2018: 311

No baseline recorded

Sokoine University of Agriculture

OA publications as of August 2018: 1 788

No baseline recorded

Mzumbe University

OA publications as of January 2017: 1 610

No baseline recorded

Sokoine University of Agriculture

OA publications as of January 2017: 1 056

No baseline recorded

Tanzania Climate Change Information Repository

OA publications as of January 2017: 461

No baseline recorded

Mkulima - Ghala la Machapisho ya Kilimo

OA publications as of August 2018: 253

No baseline recorded

Digital Library of Tanzanian health community

OA publications as of August 2018: 3 215

No baseline recorded

Universities

Open Access publications

Universities in Uganda

Makerere University

OA publications as of July 2018: 5760

Baseline: 4044

Uganda Christian University

OA publications as of July 2018: 249

No baseline recorded

Uganda Martyrs University

Baseline Open Access Publications: 82

OA publications as of July 2018: 212

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture

OA publications as of January 2017: 1 762

No baseline recorded