The Mzumbe University (MU) mission statement reflects an institutional commitment to promote learning through effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, scholarship, and research in service to the local, national, and the global communities. In support of this mission, the university is anchored on three functions of conducting training, research and consultancy in public and private management in the areas of business, law, education, and economics. Publication activity is a major avenue for disseminating Mzumbe University scholarly works.
Since the dissemination of knowledge is one of the primary functions of the University, the results of scholarly works shall be freely published or otherwise promptly disseminated. Publication can take a number of forms and occur in a variety of media, both in hard print and electronic form, including academic journals, books, manuals, conference proceedings, websites, and public discussions.
The Mzumbe University Publication Policy will guide all publication activities of the University under the coordination and control of the Directorate of Research, Publications and Postgraduate Studies (DRPS).
1.2 Policy Context and Rationale
The world has evolved to the age of science and technology amazingly global spanning aspects that have taken hold so quickly, which pose great challenges to the global community. The economic potential; is now increasingly linked to the ability to manipulate and control information.
The university is currently striving to address issues of quality assurance and capacity building. From this fact, the university recognizes that publications, as one of the main output of scholarly works are a key asset. As such they should be managed in a way to ensure that they provide maximum value both to individual members of the academic community, whose output they represent, and collectively to the institution.
Correspondingly, there are also increasing avenues for publications including the internet and web based materials, various journals and books. In the process, there arise issues of quality, coordination, funding, and dissemination of these publications. Their origin also becomes a question of concern. Thus, the need for coordination and scrutiny to ensure maintenance of publication quality and standards becomes very central.
2. 0 POLICY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The Mzumbe University Policy on Publication shall be in line with Mzumbe University mission and vision; and shall be complementary towards achieving the set goals, objectives and targets in the University Strategic Plan.
2.1 Policy Goal
The key goal of the Publication Policy is to maximise the impact of the University's scholarly works by making publications widely available through the University's institutional repository.
2.2 Policy Objectives
The main objective of the Mzumbe University Publication Policy is to coordinate, control, and standardize publication aspects across the university. The policy is intended to serve both internal and external stakeholders.
Towards achieving the goal, the following are the specific objectives:
To increase the visibility of publications produced by Mzumbe University staff and other stakeholders
To ensure that publication outputs are prepared and curated in a way which helps maximise the value that they have for internal and external use
To disseminate knowledge and information on research output, training activities, and consulting experiences
To facilitate publication and printing of books, chapters in books, teaching manuals, articles in journals, technical reports and other documents for academic and other purposes
To support promotion and marketing of Mzumbe University programmes and publication activities
To standardize and harmonize the quality of publications
For full Publication Policy Document please contact:
Directorate of Research, Publications and Postgraduate Studies,
Post Office Box 63,