Open Access Week 2019
Knowledge Ambassadors doing e-resources access demonstration during Open Access Week 2019
Visit by CS. Ministry of Education, Prof. George Magoha to the library, during the launch of the National Youth Week
Kenyoho Secondary School visited the University of Embu Library
Njuri High School Visited University of Embu Library
Library and Information Science Students poses for a group photo with Laikipia County, Deputy Governor, H.E Hon. John Mwaniki, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kiplagat Kotut and the Library staff after the mentorship workshop on Friday, 24th May 2019.
Laikipia County, Deputy Governor, H.E Hon. John Mwaniki addresses Library and Information Science Students during the workshop on Friday, 24th May 2019.
Official opening of Prof. George Magoha Library
His Excellency Hon. William Samoei Ruto, the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya after Officially opening Prof. George Magoha Library.
Knowledge Ambassadors
Knowledge Ambassadors following presentations during the workshop
Knowledge Ambassadors Workshop
Knowledge Ambassador commenting on Strategies used by Knowledge Ambassadors to promote e-resources
Knowledge Ambassadors Workshop
Knowledge Ambassadors following presentations during the workshop
Knowledge Ambassadors workshop 2018
Knowledge Ambassadors from Kirinyaga University Presenting on Access to e-Journals, e-books & Repositories
Knowledge Ambassadors Workshop
Arrival and Registration of Knowledge Ambassadors from different institutions in Kenya
Post Graduate Training
Vice Chancellor, University of Embu giving his remarks during Open Access Week Postgraduate Training
Post Graduate Training
Prof. Budambula, Director BPS making her presentation during Open Access Week Postgraduate Training
Open Access Week 2017
Library staff demonstrating best ways to access e-resources online
Library Management System Hand-over
Vice Chancellor, University of Embu and Librarian presenting server to Principal, Muvandori Mixed Secondary School and students.
KASNEB Visit to the Library
KASNEB Officials assessing UoEm Library resources
Open Access Week Group Photo
A group photo with the winners of Open Access Competition. Iryna Kuchma, Open Access Coordinator, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) awarded the winners.
Reading Section
University of Embu Library Reading section
Open Access Week 2017
Library staff demonstrating access to e-resources
Post Graduate Training
Deputy Librarian giving her remarks during Open Access Week Postgraduate Training

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 the use of open access electronic information resources. 


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.



Guidelines for Evaluating Journals and Publishers

About the Journal

  • Discover peer-reviewed journals using library search tools
  • Examine the aims and scope: are they appropriate for your research?
  • Review past issues: does the content look topical and credible? Are the authors known to you?
  • If open access is it registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) The DOAJ vets journals before listing them.
  • Does the website provide complete contact information: email, street address, working phone number?
  • Does it have a valid online ISSN?
  • Journals are disseminated via research databases (academic abstracting and indexing services) such as JSTOR, PubMed, EBSCOhost, ProQuest (even Google Scholar). A journal website should say where it is indexed.
  • Is it indexed in the places it says it is?
  • Has it been assigned ranking(s)? E.g. impact factor
  • SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) Indicator
  • Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
  • Journal Metrics by Scopus
  • Are its policies on peer review, open access, copyright publicly available?
  • If it charges publication fees, are they clearly stated and explained?
  • What are the copyright policies? Will you be able to preserve copyright over your work? If you are required to meet a public access mandate to share your research, are the copyright policies compatible? In many open access journals, authors retain full copyright to their work and give the journal a “non-exclusive” right to publish the work.

About the Publisher

  • Where is it located? Use SHERPA/RoMEO to discover details about publishers, including country of origin.
  • Website, Stable web page
  • Basic contact info: publisher, contact details, editorial team, editorial/advisory board
  • Description: scope and focus, publication frequency, author guidelines
  • Fee policy clearly stated
  • Free of grammatical errors and typos
  • Is there a digital preservation policy in place?
  • If open access, is it registered with the OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association)? Many of the largest open access publishers are members of the OASPA, though there are legitimate open access publishers that do not belong.
  • Publisher’s permissions/ sharing policy available on website? Via SHERPA/RoMEO?
  • Does it meet the Criteria for Evaluating Scholarly Publishers (PDF)?
  • If open access, does it meet the Criteria for Evaluating Scholarly Open Access Publishers (PDF)?

Suggested credible journals

Suggested Credible Journals

Guidelines for Evaluating Journals and Publishers

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.

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, 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.


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
  • E-resources lab - Ground Floor Right Wing
  • Circulation Services - All Floors
  • Periodicals Section -  First Floor
  • Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) - Ground Floor
  • Research Rooms - Right Wings of First and Second Floor
  • Librarian's Office - First Floor Right Wing
  • Deputy Librarian's Office - Ground Floor Right Wing
  • References, Humanities, Social Science and Education Shelves (Class A - H & L - P)- Ground Floor
  • Political Science and Law Shelves (Class J - K) - First Floor
  • Sciences, Nursing, Agriculture Technology and Information Studies (Class Q - Z) - Second Floor

University of Embu Hosted Knowledge Ambassadors E-resources Workshop on 9th March 2018. The Workshop was Organized by KLISC Fundraising and Advocacy committee (FAC) in Collaboration with University of Embu, Library Department. 

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.

Prof. Nancy Budambula, a scholar and researcher at the Department of Biological Sciences, School of Pure and Applied Sciences (SPAS), has authored a book on drugs abuse.  The book titled Chasing dragon: drug use abuse gives background information on drugs abuse, the effects of drugs and what can be done to prevent youth from getting inducted to drug abuse. Click on the book cover below to preview the book.


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