The 2018 Research Productivity of the University of Zambia

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Pailet Chewe Eness M. Miyanda Chitumbo Francis Chulu Francina N. S. Makondo Christine Wamunyima Kanyengo Mercy Wamunyima Monde Silumesi Kabilwa Felicitas N. Moyo Lighton Phiri Wamundila Sitali Akakandelwa Akakandelwa


This paper presents the findings of a study on research productivity of the University of Zambia (UNZA) in the year 2018 using selected bibliometric indicators. Data was collected from Scopus, PubMed, Google scholar, UNZA Institutional Repository, UNZA Journals Online, and others. Five hundred and sixteen (516) publications were analysed using Microsoft Excel. VOSviewer was used to visualise research themes based on keywords. The study established that 366 academic staff participated in the total research output, giving a 39% participation rate. Results further revealed an overall staff-to-paper publication ratio of 0.6 and 0.8 degrees of collaboration among the researchers. The research output was characterised by journal articles (79.8%) as the most preferred medium of research dissemination while the majority (80%) of the publications were multiple-authored. The study recommends converting traditional journals into online open access journals to improve the impact of UNZA's research output while encouraging staff to engage in research.

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CHEWE, Pailet et al. The 2018 Research Productivity of the University of Zambia. Zambia Journal of Library & Information Science (ZAJLIS ), ISSN: 2708-2695, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, p. 37-45, june 2022. ISSN 2708-2695. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 july 2024.


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