Makerere to merge college journals under university press

Makerere to merge college journals under university press
Dr. William Tayebwa on left speaking to the deputy director of DRGT. PHOTO URN

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  • Makerere University consolidates college journals under Makerere University Press to boost PhD student publications. Dr. William Tayebwa announced the merger during the annual graduate research forum, emphasizing the aim to bridge research-policy gaps.

Makerere University is set to revitalize and merge all college journals into a single publication under the Makerere University Press.

Dr. William Tayebwa, Managing Editor of Makerere University Press, announced this during the conclusion of the annual forum for graduate research and policy dialogue at Makerere University’s Yusuf Lule Teaching Facility. The event witnessed discussions on over seventy research papers from diverse Ph.D. students.

The university orchestrated this two-day gathering, concurrently merging it with the yearly doctoral convention themed “Regional Integration and Development.”

The objective was to facilitate dynamic discourse among academia, policymakers, and stakeholders, with a focus on bridging the gap between research findings and policy implementation in Uganda.

At the forum, numerous Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidates utilized the platform to engage in scholarly exchanges, critiquing concepts, proposals, and research outputs, as a multitude of scholars convened at CTF2.

Tayebwa said that they have decided to merge all college journals and put them under the Makerere University Press to give a chance to all PhD Students to have their papers published. Notable existing journals include the African Probe Journal and Mawazo from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Tayebwa said that college principals approached them to support the college journals and one of the major journals that is being revived is the historical journal that is hosted in the Department of History, Archeology, and Heritage Studies. The first issue is most likely to come out this year.

He added that the turnaround for the transformation of research into publishable format is faster in journals than books, and it is against this background that the Makerere University Press has opted to have all the college journals back.

The publishing press hosted under the University Directorate of Research and Graduate Training was revived in 2019 after 19 years of inactivity. Its immediate task was to support staff and the public in publishing books and journals.

Tayebwa also revealed that the University Press will hold a book fair in June at the university before moving to different schools in a bid to improve the reading culture of the students at the University and also other people around the country.

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