Why Are African Researchers Left Behind in Global Scientific Publications? – A Viewpoint

Document Type : Viewpoint


1 World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo

2 Centre for Health Professions Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, NorthWest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa




Despite the many years of training and capacity building in health research, the low publication record by African scientists is a matter of concern. The modest improvements registered in the recent past, with a reported increase in Africa’s share of world publication output from 1.5% in 2005 to 3.20% in 2016,1 is nothing to celebrate. Africans’ contribution to the global share of 36 326 indexed publications on SARS-CoV-2/ COVID-19 10 months into the pandemic was only 3.0%.2 ...(Read more...)