Knowledge for Development

Scientific development in African countries

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Date: 31/07/2013

Introduction:

This report by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) presents findings from a bibliometric analysis of the 26 most productive African countries in  Scopus (the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature) between 1996 and 2009. Changes in the scientific research output and comparisons with global  patterns across 27 scientific knowledge domains (8 of which can be directly related to the agricultural research) are illustrated. It details publication patterns over ten years, the number of  research papers produced per year per country, the nature of international collaboration in multi-author publications, etc. Strengths and weakness are identified which can be used to inform  future decision-making processes.

(INASP, 20/06/2013)

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