To be a centre of excellence in the provision of library and information services to NDU-K and the defence and security fraternity.


To provide dynamic and quality user centered library and information services that enhance teaching, learning and research while inculcating…


The Library acknowledges and is committed to the values of NDU-K that includes: academic freedom, honesty, diversity, discipline, integrity and…


Welcome to NDU-K Library

On behalf of the National Defence University-Kenya Library System, I extend a warm welcome to all students, faculty, and staff of the NDU-K. The Library consists of the up-coming main library at the Seat in Lanet –Nakuru; the National Defence College library, Joint Command and Staff College library; Kenya Military Academy library; International Peace Support Training Centre Library, Defence Forces Technical College Library and the Defence College of Health Sciences library.

The overall objective is for the college Libraries to maintain their individual unique specificities, but share resources and services. These libraries are dotted all over the NDU-K campuses and provide you with both print and online resources. In addition, the libraries provide you with services, programs and spaces that enable you to achieve your personal and academic goals.

The online catalogue (NDU-K Cat) provides all the information you need about print collection and where to find them. You have access to a range of online journals and electronic books. We invite you to explore the library.

We are committed to creating an enabling environment to support cutting-edge research as well as high quality training and learning. You are welcome to visit us in the various libraries.


Library Experience

Dickens Rodrigues

Deputy University Librarian


Philosophy Statement

The NDU-K Library is dedicated to excelling in collecting, preserving, and offering access to the finest scholarly and educational resources furnished towards the provision of high quality and innovative services that stimulate creativity, intellectual curiosity and facilitate lifelong learning and research among its clients. The attainment of this is envisaged through the creation of a welcoming and comfortable, accessible physical and virtual environment. These should foster an atmosphere that encourages diversity, excellence, and continued growth by embracing openness to novel ideas and diverse possibilities leading to continuous improvement and maintenance of high-quality standards.

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National Defence University-Kenya Mission

To empower defence and security professionals through world-class education and training in order to enhance capacity in safeguarding national interest.

To identify a journal publisher for your research, you will want to match your research topic to a journal that publishes in that area. You can use a variety of methods to locate journals, such as using subject databases, using Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, or using a journal finder tool. Any or all of these methods can be helpful. You want to make sure that you identify a journal that will be a good fit for your research.

The following indexing sites assess journals for inclusion based on rigorous editorial process and best practices in publishing.

  • AJOL: The platform indexes African-published scholarly journals. The journals are assessed against a set of best practices in publishing and the rating status indicated against each journal. Clicking on the status provides more detailed information on the rating.
  • NDU-K Journal

Journal finders help match your article to potential journals. Some use keyword matching from information pulled from your title and abstract, and others help you discover journals in a subject area. Journal finders may focus on journals in specific subject areas, or journals from specific publishers. The one thing to keep in mind is that no journal finder will include EVERY journal. You may need to use a variety of these tools to discover the journal that is right for you.

The following list focuses on some of the free journal finder tools available. This is not a comprehensive list, and does not include subscription or fee-based tools.

A directory that gathers information on open access journals. Use the Browse Subjects tab to discover open access journals in a subject area.

Journal finder matches title and abstract to journals available through Elsevier publishing.

Create or sign in to your free EndNote Web account, then click on the tab for Match to match title, abstract, and reference list information to articles from Web of Science.

JANE matches title, abstract, or keywords to documents in MEDLINE to help locate health science journals.

Browse journals by subject, or get journal recommendations based on keywords in your paper’s title and abstract. Does not supply information on how journal information is gathered or what journals are used.

Journal suggester matches title and abstract to journals available through Springer publishing.

Browse journals by subject or search journals by keyword to locate journals in a subject area available through Wiley publishing

Predatory publishing is an exploitative open access publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without proper editorial & publishing procedures and scientific standards or merit associated with legitimate academic journals. Predatory publishing includes many open-access journals.

The Library recommendation is to check for predatory publishing is “Beall’s List”, a regularly updated report ( ( created by Jeffrey Beall to ensure that the journal is non-predatory. Additionally, further indications that the journal is predatory are:

  1. The scope of interest includes non-biomedical subjects alongside biomedical topics.
  2. The website contains spelling and grammar errors.
  3. Images are distorted/fuzzy, intended to look like something they are not, or which are unauthorized.
  4. The homepage language targets the authors.
  5. The Index Copernicus value is promoted on the home page of the journal.
  6. Description of the manuscript handling process is lacking.
  7. Manuscripts are requested to be submitted via email.
  8. Rapid publication is promised.
  9. There is no retraction policy.
  10. Information on whether and how journal content will be digitally preserved is absent.
  11. The Article processing/publication charge is very low

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