n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Awareness and use of open access journals by graduate students of the University of Ghana
|Article Title||Awareness and use of open access journals by graduate students of the University of Ghana|
|© Publisher:||University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Journal||Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of Ghana and 2 University of Ghana|
|Publication Date||Jun 2015|
|Pages||44 - 62|
|Keyword(s)||Electronic publications, Open access journals, Scholarly communication, Scholarly journals and University of Ghana|
The study examines the use of open access journals by graduate students of the University of Ghana. Using the survey method, a questionnaire was distributed to 200 graduate students being 5% of the target population of 3,974. The findings of the study show that the majority of students are aware of open access journals resulting in their high usage. Students indicated that open access journals increase developing countries' access to scholarly literature and promote the advancement of scientific knowledge. Nevertheless, the attitude of respondents towards open access was not very positive as many challenges were cited as obstacles to their use. The study recommends measures to address these challenges.
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