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Study Spaces and Discussion Room (INFORMATION COMMONS)

Prof. George Magoha Library provides a choice of study spaces to suit different work preferences including silent study areas with desks where you can plug in your laptop, individual study carrels, computer workstations, or discussion areas with tables for group work. Information Commons or the discussion rooms provide collaborative areas. This room is located on the Ground floor and open 24/7.

            

 

International Open Access Week 2018

To support teaching and learning with a view to improving the quality of education, the University participated in Open Access Week on 29th October 2018 - 2nd November 2018. The purpose of the event was to train students on use of open access electronic information resources. 

 

Training, Tutorials and User Guides

Prof. George Magoha Library offers free training for all students and staff. Please see the below training schedule for a list of pre-arranged training sessions at Electronic Resources Lab in the Library. Interested students are requested to register at the Ground Floor Circulation Desk (library) or through the email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Indicate your name, reg. no., program and telephone number and the training you are registering. Deadline for registration is 28/9/2018.  

TRAINING

DATE

TIME

Access to e-resources skills for postgraduate students

9th Nov 2018

2.00 - 5.00 pm

Study Spaces and Discussion Room (INFORMATION COMMONS)

The Library provides a choice of study spaces to suit different work preferences including silent study areas with desks where you can plug in your laptop, individual study carrels, computer workstations, or discussion areas with tables for group work. Information Commons or the discussion rooms provide collaborative areas. This room is located on the Ground floor and open 24/7. Read more ...

 Predatory Journals

These are identified by Jeffrey Beall (2010) as deceitful open access publishers who publishing articles with little or no real peer review. It is an exploitative academic publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals.  Read more ...

Library Relocation to new Building

The library has relocated to the new Library building. All the library services are now available. Sections of the Library are listed below:

  • Reprographics - Ground Floor
  • Information Commons (opened 24hrs) - Ground Floor Left Wing
  • Postgraduate Section - Ground Floor Right Wing
  • Special Needs Section - Ground Floor Right Wing  Read more ...
Newly acquired books

There is a new collection for various disciplines that have been added to the library and are available for use. Please open this link to download the list of newly acquired books.

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These are identified by Jeffrey Beall (2010) as deceitful open access publishers who publishing articles with little or no real peer review. It is an exploitative academic publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals.

Characteristics of Predatory Journals

According to Dinaharan, University of Johannesburg, predatory journals have the following characteristics

  1. Emphasizing on open access fee 
  2. Not listed in Scopus or Thomson Reuters web of science database
  3. Promising acceptance in fewer days
  4. Not subjecting the submitted manuscripts to peer review process
  5. Bombarding your email, again and again, begging for submission
  6. Showing unrealistic impact factors (>2 to 10) for a journal which does not have back volumes for at least last five years 
  7. Having the same name as that of some established journals causing confusion for authors
  8. Do not have proper DOI (Digital Object Identifier). If you put the DOI in the website http://dx.doi.org/, it will not redirect to journal link where article is published
  9. Appointing fake or name shake editorial board
  10. Advertising too much for "Call for papers"
  11. Overseeing or bypassing plagiarism check before acceptance 
  12. The scope of the journal is ambiguous accepting multidisciplinary topics for publication

To view a list of all possible predatory journals and more information, open here.

Also open here to see updated and original Jeffrey Beall list of Predatory Journals.

 

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