Journal Access and Availability in East and Southern Africa

Journal availability in African universities is high – but accessing them is still problematic Report from the Association of Commonwealth Universities: Jonathan Harle. Growing Knowledge: access to research in east and Southern Africa. September 2010

I’m glad that a librarian’s role in training and promoting use of all these facilities is highlighted along with problems of connectivity and equipment.

Quote from the press release seen at:

“Although researchers in sub-Saharan Africa commonly highlight poor journal access as a serious hindrance to their academic work, the problem of availability – the provision of affordable or free journals and other resources in online form – has been widely and successfully addressed over several years.

The study shows that usage of these journals amongst staff and students remains low, however, due to difficulties in accessing these – both in terms of technology and individual skills. Comparatively low levels of research activity, insufficient ICT resources, and a lack of awareness of available journals all contribute to a common perception that journal availability is poor. Related issues include insufficient promotion and communication of what is available, and the complexities of online access and multiple entry routes”

Jean Shaw


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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