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 Acces publications: 254

OA publications as of January 2017: 574

Egerton University

Baseline Open Acces publications : 477

OA publications as of January 2017: 592

Kabarak University

Baseline Open Access publications : 300

OA publications as of January 2017: 1268

Moi University

Baseline Open Access publications : 912

OA publications as of January 2017: 961

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology

OA publications as of January 2017: 344

No baseline recorded

Karatina University

OA publications as of January 2017: 200

No baseline recorded

Kenyatta University

OA publications as of January 2017: 13 272

No baseline recorded

Management University of Africa

OA publications as of January 2017: 853

No baseline recorded

Masidine Muliro University of Science and Technology

OA publications as of January 2017: 295

No baseline recorded

Strathmore University

OA publications as of January 2017: 1 784

No baseline recorded

University of Nairobi

OA publications as of January 2017: 81 844

No baseline recorded

University of Embu

OA publications as of January 2017: 1 551

No baseline recorded

Kirinyaga University College

OA publications as of January 2017: 109

No baseline recorded

United States International University - Africa

Baseline Open Access publications : 478

OA publications as of January 2017: 2 966

Universities

Open Access publications

Universities in Tanzania

University of Dar es Salaam

Baseline Open Access publications: 1 858

OA publications as of January 2017: 4 341

Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences

Baseline Open Access publications: 132

OA publications as of January 2017: 145

State University of Zanzibar

OA publications as of January 2017: 1 268

No baseline recorded

Open University of Tanzania

OA publications as of January 2017: 1 562

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

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 Commission for AIDS

OA publications as of January 2017: 88

No baseline recorded

Tanzania Climate Change Information Repository

OA publications as of January 2017: 461

No baseline recorded

Universities

Open Access publications

Universities in Uganda

Makerere University

OA publications as of August 2017: 4972

Baseline: 4044

Uganda Christian University

OA publications as of January 2017: 13

No baseline recorded

Uganda Martyrs University

Baseline Open Access Publications: 82

OA publications as of August 2017: 114

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture

OA publications as of January 2017: 1 762

No baseline recorded