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The Present and Future Growth of Scholarly Publishing in Africa

Author: Daniel Rotich
Organisation: 11th DIS Annual Conference 2010, University of Zululand, South Africa
Publish Date: September 2010
Country: Africa
Sector: Education
Theme: Futures
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Scholarly publishing, Africa, universities, scholarly journals

While scholarly publishing in Africa is still struggling to keep pace with the rest of the world, major progress has already been made. Many universities in Africa are seriously engaged in scholarly publication in both print and electronic formats. The output of research is constantly disseminated through universities that plan and hold conferences and seminars, with the presentations then published as proceedings or in peer-refereed scholarly journals. The various initiatives of universities and departments in African universities have provided researchers with opportunities to present their findings in various scholarly journals that are published in universities or through collaborations with various publishing houses. Scholarly publishing is an indispensable avenue for the dissemination of research findings from Africa, adding significantly to a vast body of knowledge whose main contributors are predominantly of western origin. The advent of electronic publishing has widened the scope for African researchers to publish their work. Most African universities maintain pages on their websites that upload research findings, albeit with a number of problems. The uploaded material, from research proceedings to published work, contributes to the visibility of African research in the world. Scholarly journal publishing hence has the potential to encourage research in Africa
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