Institutional repositories in Africa: Regaining direction

Adam, Usman Ahmed and Kaur, Kiran (2022) Institutional repositories in Africa: Regaining direction. Information Development, 38 (2). pp. 166-178. ISSN 0266-6669, DOI

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Institutional repositories are powerful tools to facilitate global access to intellectual output by members of the institution, particularly in assisting them to preserve and maximize access to their research output globally. This exploratory study of the status of institutional repositories implementation in African countries using the global Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) and Transparent Ranking: All Repositories by Google Scholar, reports on the operational status and the performance of repositories. Factor analysis and cluster analysis are used to analyze the operational level of institutional repositories in African countries. The analysis showed that the typical performance of institutional repositories remains below average. The possibility of global open access to research results through institutional repositories in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Algeria, Sudan, and Egypt appeared to be relatively more feasible than other African countries. This study concludes that many organizations, institutions, and societies spend great efforts in support of open access implementation in Africa, however, the widespread implementation of institutional repositories is still very slow paced, and the performance of the implemented repositories was below expectation. Suggestions for regaining the intended direction of African institutional repositories are given based on the current status.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Open Access; Institutional repositories; Africa
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Information resources (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Library and Information Sience
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 03:41
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 03:41

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