Academic freedom in higher education institutions (HEIs) entails not only the protection of the rights of faculty to teach and of students to learn, but also the freedom to create and disseminate knowledge. The literature, espe¬cially in Africa, mainly portrays the violation of academic freedom due to external interference into universities’ autonomous functioning. This article, by focusing on academic publications and the peer review process, how¬ever, suggests that the internal governance of HEIs also has equally serious implications on academic freedom. By analyzing data collected from editors, reviewers and authors of three research institutions that publish journals at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, this article reveals that peer review mecha¬nisms in academic institutions constrain the production of knowledge and hence undermine academic freedom.
|Document Title:||Peer review mechanisms: the bottleneck of academic freedom|
|Journal:||Journal of Higher Education in Africa|
|No. of Pages:||91-112|
|Document Type:||Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)|
|Keywords:||Academic Freedom, Academic Excellence, Peer Review, Knowledge Distribution, Knowledge Production|
|Date Added:||07 December 2012|