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State of Public Science in the SADC Region

Mouton, Johann; Boshoff, Nelius; De Waal, Liezel; Esau, Simone; Van Niekerk, Derick; Ritter, Monique

Abstract:
Africa’s share of world science, as measured in papers published in the citation indexes of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), has been declining steadily over the past decade. Bibliometric studies show that Sub-Saharan Africa’s share of world scientific papers declined from 1% in 1987 to 0,7% in 1996. These diminishing shares of African science overall do not reflect a decrease in absolute sense, but rather an increase in publication output less than the worldwide growth rate. Africa has lost 11% of its share in global science since its peak in 1987; Sub-Saharan science has lost almost a third (31%). The countries in Northern Africa – Egypt and the Maghreb countries (Algeria, Mauritania, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) – accounted for the modest growth of the African share of the worldwide output  during the years 1998 to 2002. The countries in the south, on the other hand, have generally done worse.

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Chapter Title: State of Public Science in the SADC Region
Book Title: Towards a Common Future
City: Johannesburg, South Africa
Publisher: Southern African Regional Universities Association
No. of Pages: 106


Date:2008
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:Southern Africa
Keywords:Science and Technology Indicators, Science and Technology Policy, Science and Technology, Southern Africa, Southern African Development Community SADC


File Size:3.14 MB
Rights:SARUA
Date Added:04 March 2011


Mouton, Johann; Boshoff, Nelius; De Waal, Liezel; Esau, Simone; Van Niekerk, Derick; Ritter, Monique (2008).The State of Public Science in the SADC Region