‘Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 13·5% of the global population but less than 1% of global research output. In 2008, Africa produced 27 000 published papers—the same number as The Netherlands. Informed by a nuanced understanding of the causes of the current scenario, we propose action that should be taken by African universities, governments, and development partners to foster the development of research-active universities on the continent…’

So begins a Viewpoint paper in The Lancet, published online yesterday.

Repositioning Africa in global knowledge production
Lancet 2018
Published: August 30, 2018

‘A 2014 World Bank study showed that sub-Saharan Africa has increased the quantity and quality of its research output substantially in the past 20 years: it more than doubled its annual research output from 2003 to 2012; its overall share of global research increased from 0·44% to 0·72% during the same period. Africa’s global citations have also grown from 0·06–0·16% to 0·12–0·28%.’

Best wishes, Neil

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