n South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Analysis of research output of academics in science and engineering in Southern Nigerian universities : an imperative study




The study was carried out to determine the research output of academics in science and engineering faculties in southern Nigeria using bibliometric analysis. Descriptive survey method was used for the study. Through stratified random sampling six federal universities were selected out of 13 for the study. Two hundred and ninety-one academic staff with the rank of lecturer 11 and above were used for study. The research output considered in this study was counting of journal articles and supervision of postgraduate students. The mean of journal articles (publication output) varies from the two faculties. Science faculties produced more articles with grand mean of 10.02 while those in engineering had a grand mean of 7.58. The null hypothesis shows that there is a significance difference in the mean productivity of academics in science and engineering faculties. Academics in the field of botany published more journal articles than the others in sciences with a mean of 15.2, followed by zoology with 12.6, while computer science published the least. On the other hand academics in petroleum/chemical engineering published the highest in engineering with mean of 11.8, while electrical/electronic engineering published the least with mean of 5.9 journal articles. The study recommended that there is need for government and governmental agencies like NUC and ETF to lay emphasizes on purchase of equipment and research materials like reagents in areas of science. There is need to provide conducive research environment in other to enable academics in science and engineering to carry out effective research in terms of reducing workload by employing more qualified personnel in that field and also equip the library with books, journals, e-journal, internet facilities.


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