Africa’s scholarly journals compete on an unequal playing field because of a lack of funding and the struggle to sustain academic credibility.
This interesting and thought provoking piece argues that commercial interest and neocolonial prejudices are fuelling discussions about predatory publishers. Incredibly important issues are how Indigenous and local knowledge is valued and how its place in a cultural context is valued.
“The rules of the game continue to be defined outside the continent. We hope that, in some small way, this book contributes to the renaissance and renewal of African-centred research and publishing infrastructures,” the authors say.
The book was authored by David Mills, Patricia Kingori and Abigail Branford from the University of Oxford, as well as Samuel Chatio and Paulina Tindana at the University of Ghana, along with Natasha Robinson at the University of Bristol.