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The paper investigated the perception and attitude of postgraduate (PG) students of Library and Information Science (LIS) towards scholarly publications in Nigeria. The study is a survey research anchored on the post-positivism research paradigm. The research employed the use of questionnaire and interview in order to allow for effective triangulation of the research findings. Purposive sampling was used to select five universities accredited to run both Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Library and Information Science by National University Commissions. The population of the study is fifty which comprises of ten postgraduate students from each of the five purposively selected universities. The findings of the study revealed that LIS postgraduate students are aware of scholarly publications and their attitude toward publishing from their research works is regarded as very good policy. In addition, journal is the most used channel in which they make their research findings known to the academic communities. Inadequate mentoring opportunity is a challenge facing the LIS graduate students in developing interest in scholarly publications. Based on the findings of the study, there is a need for the university managements through the postgraduate schools to create enabling environments that will promote research and innovation in Nigerian universities. Qualified lecturers should be employed to handle research aspects of LIS PG curriculum.

Keywords: perception, attitude. postgraduate students, Library and Information Science, scholarly publications, Nigeria.