Skyline University Nigeria’s Library has organized its second live webinar on Friday 10th July 2020. The webinar with the theme, ‘Journal Selection Considerations: Complexities and Solutions for Researchers’ was aimed at developing the concept, rationale, and purposes of an academic journal; How to identify aims, scope, relevance and recognition of an academic journal and why there is a need to understand all these before submission; To highlight the ten indicators required to identify predatory/fake journals; Understand the parameters to assess the quality of a journal; the submission checklist – managing time, anxiety, and reputation during the submission process as well as identifying targeted journals by early and mid-career researchers – personal reflexivity.
The guest speaker, Prof. Muhammad Kashif of GIFT University, Pakistan, While making his presentation at the live webinar, stated that An academic journal is an outlet/platform to publish latest, cutting-edge research in a particular field i.e. medicine, education, and business management as examples. “A distinguishing characteristic of an academic journal is the “scientific filter” while publishing research”. He emphasized.
Some of the highlights made by Prof. Muhammad were that a well-recognized journal is listed in prestigious databases such as Emerald and is indexed by services such as SCOPUS, WOS and the likes; Regular Readership of publishing over decades has a readership that spans across multiple segments i.e. academic researchers and managers; Author encouragement is done through various programs i.e. author awards and information/coaching webinars; Intellectually stimulating allows editors to raise important questions to improve social living.
Earlier while delivering the opening remark, the Registrar of Skyline University Nigeria, Mr. Firoj Kumar Rauta, acting on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor appreciated the participants for their excellent reception towards the second live webinar series. He urged the participants to pay keen interest as the event unfolds.
The webinar featured over 196 participants including the Yusuf Maitama Sule University’s Librarian, Kano, Dr. Binta Farouk Ladan, Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa, Librarian, Dr. Abdulkadir A. Idris, Nigerian Defense Academy Librarian, Kaduna, Dr. Lawal Umar, Chairman of Nigerian Library Association, Kano State Chapter, Mr. Danladi Bala, Al-Qalam University Librarian, Dr. A.A Maidabino, Librarian of University of Africa Toru Oruo Bayelsa State, Dr. Okiy B. Rose etc.
The Webinar Convener and Head Librarian of Skyline University Nigeria, Mr. Kabiru Danladi Garba CLN, who delivered the closing remark, extended his heartfelt gratitude to all the participants present for their valuable time and commitment towards the success of the webinar. “We urged you to keep in touch with Skyline University Nigeria as we deliver the third webinar series shortly” he stated.