AWARENESS OF OPEN ACCESS SCHOLARLY PUBLICATION AMONG LECTURERS IN UNIVERSITY OF BENIN, BENIN CITY IN EDO STATE, NIGERIA
Emojorho, D.; Oghenetega Ivwighregweta and Onoriode, K. O.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
This study investigated the awareness of Open Access Scholarly Publication among Lecturers in the University of Benin in Edo State, Nigeria. Six research questions were raised. The descriptive research design was employed for the study. The population for the study consists of the lecturers of the University of Benin in Edo State. A sample of 70 lectures were randomly selected in the University of Benin Main Library. The structured questionnaire entitled Open Access and Scholarly Publishing Questionnaire (OASPQ) was the instrument used for data collection. Frequency count and simple percentage were used to analyze the data. The study found that the lecturers of the University of Benin were aware of open access scholarly publication and that the main channel through which they became aware was through their colleagues. Increased impact and free online access are some of the advantages of open access to the respondents. However, unstable power supply and unavailability of internet facilities were some of the constraints encountered. Provision of constant power supply and the establishment of institutional repositories were some of the strategies suggested to enhance Open Access for scholarly publications. It therefore recommends that constant power supply and establishment of institutional repositories should be provided by the University management so as to enhance open access of scholarly publishing to the development of scholarship among its lecturers.