Thursday, July 12, 2007

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

Presented at

PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference

11-13 July, 2007

Vancouver, BC



Ezra M. Ondari-Okemwa

Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

This paper explores the challenges and opportunities of scholarly publishing in sub-Saharan Africa in the twenty-first century.

Purpose of the study:

The purpose of the study is to examine scholarly publications produced by scholars in sub-Saharan Africa (48 nations) between 1997 and 2007, which was the most productive decade of scholarly publishing in that region.


The researcher used content analysis to analyze data extracted from the Science Citation Index (SCI), the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI).


In general, scholarly publishing in sub-Saharan Africa face many challenges. For example, scholarly publication produced in the entire sub-Saharan Africa in ten years is less than scholarly publication produced in the USA in year 2006. That is due to four challenges:

- Economic (e.g. lack of funding).

- Technical (e.g. lack of technical infrastructure).

- Environmental (e.g. censorship).

- Invisibility (e.g. a few scholars are interested in publications produced in sub-Saharan Africa).

However, with all these challenges there are some opportunities such as:

- Rapid advancements in information technology can make scholars from sub-Saharan Africa access publication produced around the world.

- Scholars in sub-Saharan Africa can and should collaborate with scholars from outside the region to publish.

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