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How to level the global publishing playing field

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Tom Kariuki.Credit: SFA Foundation


When it comes to science communication, researchers in the global south face the same challenges as those experienced everywhere else in the world: if they feel that their career depends on publishing in a high-impact-factor journal, they can spend an inordinate amount of time and effort trying to make this happen. Submissions must conform to the journals’ demands in terms of length, output type, content, timing and copyright. Peer review can take months and, of course, might not result in acceptance. And research that is eventually published might be restricted by paywalls or require that authors pay a substantial fee to make their content open access.

But for researchers in Africa, multiple additional layers, some subtle and others not so subtle, and often caused by unconscious bias, introduce yet more barriers.

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