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Saffanah Abdelkader Zedan

Assistant Professor Libraries and information

Deanship of Library Affairs, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, Dammam, P. O. Box 1982, 31441, Saudi Arabia, szedan@iau.edu.sa,

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7863-1484

Abstract

Supporting scientific research and enhancing effective scholarly communication services for graduate students and academic researchers is one of the most pivotal services of the academic libraries, especially in the context of the procedures set for publishing research results in high-impact international scientific journals. On the other hand, the repercussions of Covid-19 pandemic have cast a shadow over the academic library's services, activities, and programs intended to support scholarly communication among graduate students at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In this context, the current study aims to measure the effect of using infographics within the Scholarly Communication Support Program with Academic Libraries in developing the international scientific publishing literacy among graduate students in humanities and the students’ level of satisfaction with infographics using through a field study conducted during the academic year 2020/2021 AD. The descriptive approach was used to investigate the research problem, and a quasi-experimental approach to measure the effect on the study participants. The study population included 59 students who are enrolled in master's and doctoral studies in humanities. The study results revealed that there is a significant effect of using infographics on developing awareness of international scientific publishing issues and on achieving satisfaction with using infographics as a technology within the Scientific Communication Support Programs provided by the academic library. Finally, the research provided the results’ interpretation, and a set of recommendations and suggestions that would support the activities of the academic library in raising the awareness of international scientific publishing issues among researchers.

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