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close this bookAfrican Journals Distribution Programme: Evaluation of the Pilot Project (DFID, 1994, 20 p.)
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View the documentOUTLINE OF THE PILOT PROJECT
View the documentEVALUATION: ITS PURPOSE AND METHODOLOGY
View the documentFINDINGS
View the documentDISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS
View the documentRECOMMENDATIONS
View the documentAPPENDIX 1: JOURNALS AND LIBRARY SUBSCRIBERS
View the documentAPPENDIX 2: LIBRARIES AND JOURNAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
View the documentAPPENDIX 3: EVALUATION INSTRUMENTS

RECOMMENDATIONS

· that AJDP, as a means of promoting the publication and distribution of journals in Africa, be extended to as many journals and as many university libraries as finances allow, so long as:

· only scholarly journals with a proven record of regular publication are included
· existing subscription and exchange arrangements are not replaced
· recipients are university libraries, which select journals appropriate to their areas of teaching and research

(Available data suggests that there are at present around 50 scholarly journals in regular publication; there are just over 100 university libraries in Africa. A level of 30 subscriptions per library would meet needs.)

· that the use of existing postal services remain the method of journal delivery; that journals continue to submit despatch records for each published issue and libraries at the end of each year report on issues received/not received, so that publication schedules and the method of delivery can continue to be monitored

· that, given the precarious nature of journal publication in Africa, steps are taken to raise awareness within journals of the issues involved and the ways in which sustainability can be achieved. This could be carried out through a series of workshops

· that a research project on journal use is carried out in one or two African university libraries, to provide data on the use and impact of journal literature, both African and international

· that dialogue continues with appropriate bodies within Africa to find an African organization to take over and manage the future development of AJDP