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  • 2019-09-05 12:05:27

PUBLISH IN CREDIBLE JOURNALS, VC CHARGES ACADEMICS

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Zana Akpagu has charged Academics to always publish their articles in credible Journals in order for it to be recognized and widely accepted. Prof Zana Akpagu gave the charge at the Institution’s e-library while declaring open a one-day workshop on “Guide to getting published” organised by Emerald publishing in collaboration with the University of Calabar. Represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Prof Uche Amalu, the Vice Chancellor commended the University Librarian Dr. Nkoyo Edem and the Emerald publisher as well as the organizing team for putting up such an intellectual guide and urged the participants to listen with keen interest even as he appealed to them to ask questions where necessary so as to make the presentation more interactive. Speaking, Country Manager of Emerald Publishing, Mr. Gbadebo Ephraim Reuben stated the main reasons of publishing journals to include; altruism, subject development and to own business. Mr Reuben disclosed that about 80% of academics publish their articles in journal for career progression and personal development while 70% publish with the aim to share knowledge and experience. The Country Manager said that publishing academic work is not only for improving career prospects but raises individual profile and helps in influencing key policies and decision. He advised participants to make good choice of a journal before deciding to publish, hinting that a good choice can enhance the impact of their work as well as their reputation. Mr. Reuben who was one of the resource persons listed factors to consider in choosing a journal for publishing to include; relevant readership, recent articles, communicative, societies and internationality likelihood of acceptance, circulation, time submission to publication. While explaining the concept of Impact Factor, Scopus and Cite, H-index, Google Scholar, Peer Perception, Mr Rueben mentioned the features of a good paper to include, originality, research methodology, adherence to the editorial scope and objectives of the journal, recent and relevance of references amongst others.

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