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Research Productivity, Visibility, and Impact at the University of Namibia: Building a Framework for Open Access and Research Data Management

Research Productivity, Visibility, and Impact at the University of Namibia: Building a Framework for Open Access and Research Data Management
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Author(s): Trywell Kalusopa (University of Namibia, Namibia), Patiswa Zibani (University of the Western Cape, South Africa), Ronald Kanguti (University of Namibia, Namibia) and Anna Leonard (University of Namibia, Namibia)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 28
Source title: Handbook of Research on Connecting Research Methods for Information Science Research
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patrick Ngulube (University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1471-9.ch025

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Abstract

The global competitiveness drive, pursuit for relevance, and search for true identity continues to challenge many African universities in their quest to achieve the delicate balance of preserving national indigenous repute and worldwide visibility. For decades, universities have occupied a centre stage in this balancing act through research productivity, evaluation, and impact. The benefits of university research and innovation are varied, persuasive, well-documented, and acknowledged as benchmarks for the visibility, sustenance, and relevance of any modern university. This chapter examines the research profile of the University of Namibia (UNAM) by looking at its current research productivity, visibility, and impact in the SADC region and beyond. Using bibliometric and altimetric analysis from Web of Science, Scopus, and SciVal databases, and the institutional repository, the chapter underscores the fragility but evolving UNAM's research performance output and highlights open access and research data management as keys to enhancing institutional research productivity and visibility.

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