Mt Kenya University (MKU) has climbed up the E-Repositories rankings both in the country and the continent.
The Webometrics ranking of electronic repositories (E-Repositories) has ranked MKU at position two in the country, behind the University of Nairobi’s digital repository.
MKU was also ranked position 22 in results released in mid-July.
MKU’s E-repository is a rich open access archive for collecting, preserving and disseminating digital material of scholarly work, with its web policy doing well in stimulating electronic publication of quality scholarly works making it available to audiences across the globe.
“The content is provided under the Open Access Policy that the university has adopted,” Victoria Munyao, MKU’s librarian, said.
The University of Nairobi’s digital repository emerged first in the country, sixth in the continent and 245th globally.
She added that the University library remains committed to preserving and making available its intellectual publications as a way of increasing access to its research and that the repository has also helped to increase the visibility of researchers on global academic platforms such as Google scholar, Scopus and Web of Science.
Third in the country was United States International University-Africa (USIU)’s Digital Repository, which emerged 26th in Africa and 1215th in the world.
Others in the country in the top-100 include Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Institutional Repository (29th in Africa and 1276th globally), South Eastern Kenya University Digital Repository at position 45 in the continent and 1599th in the world, Technical University of Kenya Institutional repository (54 in the continent and 1736th globally), Kenyatta University Institutional Repository (55 in Africa and 1741 in the world) and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology repository at 69 in Africa and 2167 in the world.
The Institutional Repository of the University of Pretoria in South Africa topped the continental rankings and clocked at number 85 in the world.
The webometrics ranking is designed to promote Open Access initiatives and classifies over 2,000 repositories worldwide that have their own domains or subdomains which contain academic publications.