The impact of information and Communication Technology (ICT) on the Ghanaian Academic Publishing landscape: A case study of central university college

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In the academia, publishing plays a vital role in making research findings known. Lately, the advent of computers and information technology has changed the academic publishing landscape, making publishing and search for information quicker and easier. The purpose of this study was to investigate how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are impacting on publishing at the Central University College (CUC) in Accraand also what ICT policy CUC has. Using a population of 45 to assess the impact of ICTs on publishing at CUC revealed that the use of ICTs in publishing at CUC was minimal. The study found that 17 respondents had published books and none had published in a journal during the period. One striking feature about these books published was that 12 were self-published. Observation revealed that a large majority of academics in CUC who claimed to be competent in Internet use were found to have had no prior formal training and would need further training in order to acquire or sharpen their abilities needed in such areas as using File transfer and presenting course description on the Internet. In the area of the use of ICTs in publishing, it came to light that even though CUC had provided computers connected to the internet, these computers were not used largely to publish. It was also realized that the respondents were not skilled in how to conduct a search on the Internet. A manual on how to conduct a search on the internet was therefore developed and pre-tested compiled to help users to conduct a search on the internet. It was concluded that CUC being a research institution has to do more in the provision of ICT facilities to help enhance learning, teaching, research and publishing.
A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of Degree of Master of Philosophy in Art Education