Africa doubles research output over past decade, moves towards a knowledge-based economy

From 1996 to 2012, the number of research papers published in scientific journals with at least one African author grew fourfold (from about 12,500 to over 52,000) !

This achievement has been compiled and analysed by Research4Life (responsible for programmes such as HINARI providing greater access to scientific literature). Their graphs demonstrate how both free access and low cost access to their databases have increased the rate of growth in scientific publications by African researchers.

Other factors that have contributed to this growth are the Open Access movement and better bandwidth, but these are of little value on their own. Skills development such as those provided by INASP [and we hope by Phi] to support the whole cycle of research from finding the relevant literature, managing digital resources, mentoring authors and on-line publishing are vital to further growth.

Jean Shaw, Phi

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About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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