Author Archives: Miriam Ndungu

Access to ClinicalKey

ClinicalKey_shareClinicalKey is a clinical search engine that supports clinical decisions by making it easier to find and apply relevant knowledge. Kenyatta University has access to books, journals, drugs monographs, clinical overviews, patient education and multimedia. The search engine gives you access to over 1,400 disease topic pages covering risk factors, treatments, clinical manifestations, and more. Download the ClinicalKey App from the Google Play Store for easy and convenient access.

All our Library patrons can Register for a free account with their assigned  corporate/university emails while on the. However, one can thereafter login at any remote location and access the contents. Training on the use of the database can also be done on request through the email above.

Altmetrics: Another dimension of research impact

revised altmetricsAltmetrics stand for “alternative metrics.” In real sense however, they are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. The metrics are becoming widely used in academia as evidence of influence for promotion and tenure and in applying for grants. They capture online interactions with a piece of research.  The sources of the metrics are for example Wikipedia, public policy documents, discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter. For more information on the subject click here

Understanding author rights

SHERPA-RoMEO-long-logo (1)To find out the dos and don’ts pertaining to your rights as an author, visit the Sherpa Romeo site. The site summarises open access self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights that are given to you as an author by different journals and publishers. Where archiving permission is given, it means that your article can be uploaded on our institutional repository. The advantage of this is that its visibility is greatly enhanced. The respective journal may for example allow you to archive the pre-print and post-print or publisher’s version/PDF while another may only allow archiving of your pre-print (ie pre-refereeing) article version. Other journals allow you to archive your article after a defined embargo period. The respective journal website also spell out these rights. The publishing license agreement you sign with the publisher also stipulates your rights. The library verifies your archiving rights before uploading your article in our repository. It is advisable to clearly understand the publishing license contract you sign with the publisher. This will ensure you adhere to your part of the contract.

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