OA policy forum at Chuka University, Kenya
Forum to enhance open access at Chuka University

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Event Date: 27 Jul 2021
Chuka, Kenya

EIFL’s partner consortium, the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC), is organizing an Open Access Policy Formulation, Adoption and Implementation Forum at Chuka University in Kenya. 

The Forum will be facilitated by Professor Joseph M. Kavulya, Chuka University Librarian, and KLISC Chairperson,  Dr George Gitau, Chief University Librarian at Kenyatta University and EIFL Open Access Coordinator in Kenya, his colleague, Miriam Ndungu, Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, and Arnold Mwanzu, Regional (East Africa) and Associate University Librarian, Aga Khan University and EIFL Country Coordinator in Kenya. 

The Forum will comprise two parts. First, there will be presentations and discussion of emerging trends in the open access movement, open access repositories, open access journal publishing and open access policy development. The facilitators will highlight how open access contributes to institutional and researcher visibility, and discuss ORCID and Google Scholar indexing, copyright, licensing and plagiarism.

Presentations and discussion will be followed by hands-on sessions in which participants will fine tune the Chuka University’s open access journals portal to enhance visibility of locally produced research, and craft an institutional open access policy for the university.

KLISC is organizing open access policy forums for five institutions - Alupe University College, Amref International University, University of Kabianga, Laikipia University and Chuka University - as part of the ‘Institutional and national open access and open science roadmaps and training in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda’ project.