Factors influencing the behaviour of academics towards peer-reviewed electronic journals in Zimbabwean state universities

South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science

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Title Factors influencing the behaviour of academics towards peer-reviewed electronic journals in Zimbabwean state universities
 
Creator Machimbidza, Takawira
Mutula, Stephen
 
Subject Academics; facilitating conditions; peer-reviewed electronic journals; Zimbabwe State Universities; Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium
 
Description This study investigated the factors influencing the behaviour of academics towards peer-reviewed electronic journals at three state universities in Zimbabwe. The study employed both quantitative and qualitative approaches using a survey research design. Quantitative data were collected through structured questionnaires that were administered to a sample of 363 academics. The response rate was 58.4%. Qualitative data were collected through interviews that were held with nine professional librarians. Results show that barriers and other mitigating factors that negatively affect the behaviour of academics towards peer-reviewed electronic journals include inadequate infrastructure to support access to electronic journals, inefficient and slow speed of internet connections, lack of skills to navigate the electronic journals environment, challenges with off-campus access, user-unfriendly library website interfaces, and difficult-to-use electronic journal interfaces. The study concluded that state universities in Zimbabwe have not done enough to address the challenges that affect usage of electronic journals. The study recommends that universities in Zimbabwe work to eliminate all forms of barriers that discourage use of peer-reviewed electronic journals. They can lobby government for tax exemptions when importing equipment for use in electronic journals access. The private sector can also be encouraged to play a part in supporting the building of electronic journals infrastructure. Training of new academic members of staff in the access of electronic journals should be made mandatory, and refresher training instituted for previously trained academics.
 
Publisher LIASA
 
Contributor
 
Date 2018-02-24
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://sajlis.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1688
10.7553/83-2-1688
 
Source South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science; Vol 83, No 2 (2017)
2304-8263
0256-8861
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://sajlis.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1688/1481
http://sajlis.journals.ac.za/pub/article/downloadSuppFile/1688/121
 
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