To end ‘author parasitism’, which is the exclusion of local authors in studies conducted in Africa, investigators and institutions in high-income countries, as well as funding agencies and journals, should promote research from Sub-Saharan Africa, including its publication, in a collaborative and equitable manner, a new study has said.
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Many articles included only a moderate proportion of authors from the study country, the authors said.
The authors said that, given the recent and growing recognition of the perils of imbalanced research collaborations, future studies are merited to evaluate changes in the prevalence, location and associated factors in authorship parasitism.
A bibliometric review of articles from January 2014 to December 2018 reporting research conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa, and indexed in PubMed, was used by the researchers to investigate how author affiliations were assigned to countries based on regular expression algorithms.