How Accessible are Journal Articles on Education Written by Sub-Saharan Africa-based Researchers?

Samuel Asare, Rafael Mitchell, Pauline Rose

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Abstract

This article investigates the extent to which education publications authored by researchers based in sub-Saharan Africa are published as Open Access. We draw on bibliometric analysis of 1,858 peer-reviewed articles over the period 2010-2018, together with interviews with 31 academics based in the region. Overall, we find a steady increase in Open Access publishing in the region over this period, although the proportion of Open Access publications remains low. However, Open Access articles by researchers in sub-Saharan Africa are concentrated in journals with a lower impact factor as authors in sub-Saharan Africa tend to publish in higher quality journals behind a paywall, rather than in lower quality journals that either have no or lower cost for Open Access.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-669
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopment and Change
Volume52
Issue number3
Early online date29 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Structured keywords

  • SoE Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education

Keywords

  • bibliometric analysis
  • education research
  • open access
  • South-North research partnerships
  • sub-Saharan Africa

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