Research Productivity-Visibility-Accessibility and Scholarly Communication in Southern African Universities

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dc.contributor.author Abrahams, Lucienne
dc.contributor.author Burke, Mark
dc.contributor.author Mouton, Johann
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-27T08:56:53Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-27T08:56:53Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02-15
dc.identifier.citation Abrahams, L., Burke, M., & Mouton, J. (2010). Research productivity-visibility-accessibility and scholarly communication in Southern African universities. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 10, 20-36. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19768 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/19768
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19768
dc.description.abstract The project for the revitalisation of Southern Africa’s higher education sector is dependent on, among other things, the capacity of the region’s universities to produce research, to communicate that research to a broad public audience and to use the research output in the process of educating future generations of graduates. Given this context, research output in the great majority of Southern African universities is barely visible. While the introduction of new digital media may offer greater accessibility and expanded opportunities for the visibility of scholarly communication, this may be insufficient to meet the needs of the many scholars and other actors who seek to build on existing bodies of knowledge, whether to advance society or in order to create knowledge for its own sake. This article reports the findings of two 2008 studies – The state of public science in the SADC region and Opening access to knowledge in Southern African universities. Working within a frame which understands knowledge produced in universities as a public good, this article examines the issues at play in terms of the productivity-visibilityaccessibility of scholarly communications in regional higher education. The conclusion discusses a possible approach to improve such productivity-visibility-accessibility, through the adoption of a strategic vision of open access to knowledge and through consideration of two breakthroughs pertinent to achieving a vision of revitalised higher education in the region.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title Research Productivity-Visibility-Accessibility and Scholarly Communication in Southern African Universities en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19768
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5219-8448
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0339-7440


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