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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
ISSN: 2028-9324     CODEN: IJIABO     OCLC Number: 828807274     ZDB-ID: 2703985-7
 
 
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AWARENESS AND USE OF OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS: A SURVEY OF USERS IN BOLGATANGA POLYTECHNIC


Volume 27, Issue 2, September 2019, Pages 537–546

 AWARENESS AND USE OF OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS: A SURVEY OF USERS IN BOLGATANGA POLYTECHNIC

Rolland Wemegah1, Oppong Christopher2, Harold Martin Awinzeligo3, and Lawrence Amponsah4

1 Industrial Art Department, Bolgatanga Polytechnic, P. O. Box 767, Bolgatanga, U/E Region, Ghana
2 Industrial Art Department, Bolgatanga Polytechnic, Ghana
3 Industrial Art Department, Bolgatanga Polytechnic, P. O. Box 767, Bolgatanga - Upper East Region, Ghana
4 Industrial Art Department, Tamale Technical University, P. O. Box 3, Tamale - Northern Region, Ghana

Original language: English

Received 16 January 2019

Copyright © 2019 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


The study sorts to determine the degree of knowledge and use of Open Access Journals (OAJs) by the academic staff of Bolgatanaga Polytechnic. The study, which employed a descriptive survey design, revealed that all the respondents (100%) are aware of OAJs. The study conclusively showed that the respondents had downloaded and used published materials from OAJs, and had also published their manuscripts in same. Generally, they believed OAJs are able to speedily publish their manuscripts, thereby fastening their promotion. A good number of the respondents are of the view that OAJs are reliable platforms which makes it possible for them to freely access subject-specific materials which were used in the preparation of their manuscripts and teaching materials. A substantial number of the respondents are aware of the predatory activities of some OAJs.

Author Keywords: Open Access Journals, Open Access, Free Journals, E-journals, Online Publishing, Open Access Models.


How to Cite this Article


Rolland Wemegah, Oppong Christopher, Harold Martin Awinzeligo, and Lawrence Amponsah, “AWARENESS AND USE OF OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS: A SURVEY OF USERS IN BOLGATANGA POLYTECHNIC,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 537–546, September 2019.