Covenant University Authors To Embrace e-Publishing
To further consolidate its leadership in the Information Communication Technology and e-learning platform, Covenant University’s authors are to publish electronic versions of their books with potential authors encouraged to do likewise.
The University’s authors accepted the decision at a meeting held on September 8, 2015 at the instance of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo and coordinated by the Director, Academic Planning Unit (DAPU), Dr Olawande Daramola.
Speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Daramola noted that the University’s Management wants to encourage greater use of e-books and enjoined the authors to prepare the e-version of their books in order to adapt to the e-learning platform of the University. The intention is for these e-books to be downloadable on the students’ tabs. He added that the books would be cheaper for the students and the authors alike because the cost of printing would be abolished.
Dr Daramola equally advised authors who are still working on their books to also patronise recognised academic publishers, particularly the Covenant University Press, so that their books can be accorded the recognition they deserve. He added that the terms for publishing and payment of royalties are still being decided.
He further explained the benefits authors stand to enjoy when their manuscripts or books are submitted for publishing at the University Press. Aside the fact that the manuscript would go through the normal peer review, Dr Daramola also noted that there would be technical input as well as printing and marketing, the cost of which would be borne by the Covenant University Press.
Also making his contributions, the Chairman of the University Publications Committee, Professor Aderemi Atayero, advised that the authors should always publish their papers in reputable journals. He informed them that his committee has recommended that a token should be paid to both external and internal reviewers in order to improve the quality.
The Director of the Centre for Learning Resources, Dr Chris Nkiko in his submission, emphasised the need to index the University’s journals and highlighted the steps required which include regular publishing and maintaining the caliber of the editors amongst other things. He also advised the authors to always update their books in order to maintain their currency and relevance.
While rounding off the deliberations, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo pointed out that there would be a time frame for peer review by internal and external reviewers. He enjoined the authors not to be in haste even as the University would speed up the editing process.