The Centre for Research and International Development of the Federal University of Technology Owerri organized a one-day Workshop on “Achieving Excellence in Research Publication in Indexed Journals” for all teaching staff of the University. The primary goal of the workshop is to enlighten FUTO academics on the importance of publishing in classified and indexed journals which will ultimately boost the ranking of the staff and University.

This workshop was marked with the large turn out of academic staff members of FUTO in which three resource persons presented papers on:

AUTHOR: Prof. Oguzie, Emeka E.

PAPER PRESENTED: Publishing Aright to Elevate Your Research Impact and Ranking

AUTHOR: Prof. Ohajianya, Donatus O.

PAPER PRESENTED: Determinants of Choice and Right Journals for Publication of              Research Works

AUTHOR: Engr. Dr. Uzoechi, Lazarus O.

PAPER PRESENTED: Good Thinking Good Product Good Publication



  • Research discovers, elucidates & evaluates new knowledge, ideas & the technologies essential in driving the future of society & humanity.
  • Nationally & internationally, our research activities & services have critical economic, societal & environmental impacts.
  • Research must always be high quality & research developments are critical in stimulating economic growth in knowledge economies.

It is equally important to have the perseverance to publish your research findings in reputable journals that are well regarded in your field….where people you admire in your field are publishing


  • Journal Impact
  • Research Impact
  • Author Impact
  • Publishing Aright
  • Broadening Your Impact


  • The impact factor of a journal is a measure of the frequency with which the

average article in the journal has been cited within the two preceding years.

  • It is a measure of the importance/rank of a journal by computing how many

times articles from the journal are cited.

  • It is a ratio between citations and recent citable items published

Calculation of 2017 Impact Factor of a journal:

X = the number of times articles published in 2015 and 2016 were cited by

indexed journals during 2017

B = the total number of “citable items” published in 2015 and 2016.

2017 impact factor = X/Y. Journal impact factor is used for 1. Journal Evaluation, Market research: Quantitative evidence of journal performance w.r.t others in the same field  Marketing/advertising tool to attract authors, hence improve readership 2. Academic evaluation  JIF is widely used for approximating the prestige of the journals in which researchers have been published. Other important factors like peer review, productivity, individual citation counts and subject specialty must also be considered. Hence JIF should not be used as a short-cut to circumvent proper appraisal.


Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to academia, society and the economy‘… Research Councils UK. “… when the knowledge generated by our research contributes to, benefits and influences society, culture, our environment and the economy”… University of York Research Impact Statement. “RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT” (R4D). Prof. F.C Eze (VC, FUTO).



Publication in a high impact factor journal was traditionally regarded as a key indicator of research (and researcher) quality.

Contemporary Considerations

  • Impact factor of publications
  • Total number of papers
  • Total number of citations

Publishing in High-Impact Factor Journals

  • Your research idea needs to be good and original.  Select a real challenging problem whose solution significantly impacts on the domain. Formulate the problem in such a way that reviewers see the significance of the problem.
  • Propose a solution with high degree of novelty in a way that has not been undertaken before for the same problem.
  • Select your journal carefully, follow the instructions for authors and read several papers from that journal, paying attention to the structure and language of the papers.
  • Imagine your research as telling a story. Start by asking a big question, and form a logical argument.
  • Throughout the research try to follow the conventions of research in your domain in the highest possible level, especially when it comes to evaluation and validation of your work.
  • In data collection phase, try to follow the most appropriate approaches and use accurate tools
  • Be topical. High IF journals are also businesses and will favour topics which catch the attention of a wider readership.
  • High-impact journals favour research with broad relevance, so  your writing should not be strictly for experts in your field.
  • It is essential that you have a good grasp of the research which has already been done in your area.
  •  You need some good luck, since high IF journals are very selective and competitive, with acceptance rate between 7% and 25%. For instance, of the 11,000 articles submitted to Nature in 2014, only 856 (7.8%) were published.
  • Given the low acceptance rate of many of these journals, you need to be tough enough to accept rejection letters – which will undoubtedly come your way.
  • Keep trying until you break-in


Social network for scientists enable sharing of research, collaboration, and some altmetrics. A platform created to allow researchers to share their research. Researchers in all disciplines can share their work and ‘follow’ others in their field.

LinkedIn: A popular social networking tool for professionals in all fields. A LinkedIn profile is similar to an online CV, and makes finding people in particular fields of work or with particular affiliations easier.

Mendeley: Primarily known as a citation management tool, Mendeley includes a social networking element that allows the sharing of research libraries and tracks downloads and views as an alternative research impact measurement.

ResearchGate: Similar to, this platform facilitates sharing of research and collaboration with other researchers in your field. Online Research Collation Platform (a Nigerian initiative). Find, read, write and share interesting research content.




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