Vol. 7 No.1 (2022)

Determinants of Research Productivity of Academic Staff in Nigerian Research Institutes

Simisaye, Ahmed Olakunle
Department of Library & Information Science
Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, Nigeria
simisayeao@tasued.edu.ng

Popoola, Sunday Olanrewaju
Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
drpopoola@gmail.com

Abstract

Rationale of Study -Research productivity is paramount to career advancement and prestige of academic staff of research institutes in Nigeria. In spite of its importance, it has been observed that the level of research productivity of academic staff in Nigeria is low. This study, therefore, investigated the information literacy skills, emotional intelligence and demographic factors as determinants of research productivity of academic staff in research institutes in Nigeria.

Methodology -This study adopted survey research design. The total enumeration method was used. Validated questionnaire was used to gather data from a population size of 782 academic staff in the twelve research institutes. A 78- percent response rate was achieved. SPSS version 20 was used to analyse the collected data.

Findings -The findings revealed that information literacy skills, emotional intelligence and demographic factors had significant relationships with research productivity of the respondents. In addition, information literacy skills, emotional intelligence significantly determined research productivity of the respondents. More importantly, information literacy skills, emotional intelligence and demographic factors significantly determined research productivity of the respondents.

Implications -The study recommends, among other things, that training on information literacy skills and emotional intelligence be conducted for academic staff. Additionally, the management of the research institutes should consider demographic factors of the academic staff when formulating and implementing policies on research productivity.

Originality -Few studies have been done on the influence of information literacy skills, emotional intelligence and demographic factors on research productivity of academic staff in Nigerian research institutes.

Keywords

Emotional intelligence, information literacy skills, research productivity, Nigeria