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Scholarly publishing in sub-Saharan Africa in the twenty-first century: challenges and opportunities.

Ondari-Okemwa, Ezra

Abstract:
A free flow of ideas and information is vital to the process of scientific inquiry, and in turn to the ability to address economic, environmental and social development issues both in the sub-Saharan Africa region and globally.  Most of the challenges facing scholarly publishing in sub-Saharan Africa are global and do not respect national boundaries.  Scholarly publishing enables research findings of scholars to cross international boundaries to provide strong, positive connections between individual scholars, institutions and nations. Such exchanges contribute to the expansion of the global knowledge base to which the sub-Saharan Africa region is linked.  Participation in the global arena through scholarly communication may enable the sub-Saharan Africa region to have access to knowledge and information it needs to succeed in the global economy that is being digitized rapidly. Scholarly publishing is as a result of research and innovation which may improve the quality of  knowledge and information produced by scholars in the sub-Saharan Africa region. This paper explores the challenges and opportunities of scholarly publishing in sub-Saharan Africa in the twenty-first century. The paper also proposes ways of capitalising on the vast opportunities of enhancing knowledge production and dissemination in sub-Saharan Africa through scholarly publishing in the twenty-first century. An analysis of publication records of sub- Saharan Africa between 1997and 2007 in the Thompson Scientific was conducted. There are many challenges confronting scholarly publishing in sub-Saharan Africa. The challenges include technological, socio-political, economic and environmental. The 21st century brings with it opportunities that may enhance sub-Saharan Africa’s visibility of scholarly publishing.

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Title of Paper: Scholarly publishing in sub-Saharan Africa in the twenty-first century: challenges and opportunities.
Conference Name: Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Scholarly Publishing Conference
Conference Date: 2007-07-11
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2007
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Sub Saharan Africa, Scholarly Communication, Publishing, Statistics, Challenges, Economic Factors, Technology , Knowledge Production


File Size:162 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this paper was granted by the author.
Date Added:20 July 2007


Ondari-Okemwa, Ezra (2007). Scholarly publishing in sub-Saharan Africa in the twenty-first century: challenges and opportunities. Presented at the PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference, 11-13 July, 2007