Authors' Awareness of International Publishing Standards and Legal Deposit Obligations

  • Justina N. Ekere Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Charles O. Omekwu Department of Library and Information Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Eucharia Ken-Agbiriogu Imo State University, Owerri
Keywords: Authors' awareness, Digital nervous system, National Library of Nigeria, International publishing standards, Legal deposit compliance


Knowledge and practice of publishing standards and legal deposit laws are the hallmarks of today's authorship. This paper investigates Nigerian authors' awareness of international publishing standards and their legal deposit obligations which are critical variables for both Universal Bibliographic Control and Universal Availability of Publications. The descriptive research design was adopted for this study which was conducted in Enugu State in South, East Nigeria. The population was made up of 70 librarians in the Nnamdi Azikiwe Library and the Department of Library and Information Science of the University. The data collected were analyzed using frequency counts, standard deviation and mean scores. The highest level of awareness of authors of international publishing standard was that 'web resources now have DOI', followed by ISBN for books, CIP for publications, the importance of CIP and ISMN for music publications. The study revealed that authors play critical roles in the maintenance of international publishing standards. While the authors were aware of their publishers' obligations, they were not aware of the provisions of the legal deposit law. A digital nervous system of shared responsibilities for the maintenance of international publishing standards and the implementation of legal deposit provisions in Nigeria, and indeed any other country is proposed. This is the mainstay of the paper's originality. It is argued that a functional identification and integration of the burgeoning stakeholders into a digital nervous system define the future from the foreground for improved international publishers' standard and compliance with the extant depository law, for Nigeria and indeed, for most developing countries.