Written by Godfrey AKON

NUC to train academics in journal publication

Worried by the dearth of cutting-edge research and publication of quality journals in Nigerian universities, the National Universities Commission, NUC, has concluded plans to carry out nationwide training of junior and middle-career lecturers on academic publishing.

Director of Research, Innovation and Information Technology in NUC, Dr Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the training is part of efforts by the commission to promote research and global visibility of academic staff in Nigerian universities.

Suleiman urged Vice Chancellors of public and private universities to support as many junior, middle-level and experienced academics as possible to benefit from the free training, which is slated for December 11-15, 2017.

He said the training is aimed at eqiuping academic staff in Nigerian universities with "the required knowledge, skills and nuances of academic publishing required to write good scholarly academic articles for publication, with a prospect to enhance the career development of young academics and ultimately position the NUS to attain global relevance in terms of the quality and quantum of world class academic articles published by Nigerian academics."

The NUC official disclosed that the workshop, which is jointly organised by the Commission in collaboration with Enago, a United Kingdom-based organisation, will cover two topics that are of importance to the Nigerian universities’ academic clime namely: “Academic Publishing” and “Identifying a Target Journal for Publication”.

"The workshops will elucidate the criteria for selecting appropriate journals for publication with emphasis on impact factor, citation index, peer review, availability as an open access journal, understanding author’s right, etc.

"The facilitating partner for the workshop, Enago Academy, is a United Kingdom-based knowledge platform offering up-to-date resources on scholarly publishing for researchers, authors, publishers and academic societies.

"Enago Academy provides assistance to researchers and authors, help journals and publishers to produce quality articles and collaborate with universities and academic institutions by conducting author workshops for first-time authors and researchers; improve the quality of publications from universities," he said.

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