Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 6–21 | Cite as

The Potentials of Open Access Initiative and the Development of Institutional Repositories in Nigeria: Implications for Scholarly Communication

  • Anthonia Nwamaka Ejikeme
  • Ifeanyi Jonas EzemaEmail author


This study examined the state of open access institutional repositories in Nigeria. Expository review of literature was used to x-ray the state of the art, while descriptive informetrics was used to extract informetric data from two major repository directories (Registry of Open Access Repositories and Directory of Open Access Repositories). Findings revealed that Nigeria has twenty repositories from 14 out of about 153 universities in the country; majority of the repositories (70%) use DSpace as archiving software. The growth of repositories in the country has been slow, and the dominant contents of the repositories are journal articles, theses, and dissertations. While the study exposes the weaknesses of Nigeria universities in exploring the potentials of institutional repositories in wider dissemination their scientific productivity, it challenges government and other stakeholders to develop sustainable framework for development of repositories in the country.


Open access Institutional repositories Scholarly communication Nigeria Research communication Collection development 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthonia Nwamaka Ejikeme
    • 1
  • Ifeanyi Jonas Ezema
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Nnamdi Azikiwe LibraryUniversity of NigeriaNsukkaNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Information ScienceUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

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