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Abstract

Introduction: This study examined the use of open access journals by librarians in Ghana. The objectives were to establish the familiarity, attitude and benefits of open access journals among librarians in Ghana.

Method: This study uses a survey research design. A web-based questionnaire was used to seek information on respondents’ demographics, awareness, use, attitudes and benefits of open access journals.

Analysis: Descriptive statistics was used to analyze survey results. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used for the analysis of data collected from 103 librarians who are members of the Ghana Library Association.

Results: All the respondents were aware of open access journals and to a greater extent, they showed positive attitude towards open access journals. Many of them, however, are not fully committed to publishing their articles in open access journals. It is recommended that librarians should be willing to publish more of their research works in open access journals for them to be ambassadors and advocate for open access.

Conclusion: Knowledge of open access journals and related content among librarians is crucial not only in disseminating research quality but also in weeding out poor content.

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