ISBN 9780798302272
Pages 406
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2010
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Scholarly Publishing in Africa

Opportunities & Impediments

edited by Solani Ngobeni

This book interrogates one of the most important aspects of Africa’s publishing industry, namely, scholarly publishing, which while it deserves more attention, generally receives little. The African publishing industry continues to be dominated by education publishing, although trade publishing is beginning to thrive, especially in the bigger industries such as South Africa and Egypt. Sadly, the same cannot be said about scholarly publishing which to all intents and purposes continues to remain the flotsam and jetsam of the African publishing landscape. It is therefore hoped that the incisive and perceptive observations contained herein will go a long way in influencing policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in developing an enabling environment for scholarly publishing to thrive.

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‘As Africans we need to improve on our scholarly publications output and the key to doing so is the renewal and expansion of higher education in Africa.’

Dr Cheryl De La Rey, Vice-chancellor and Principal of University of Pretoria

‘To do research one needs to have the requisite skills and abundant curiosity, but to go on and publish one’s research findings; one needs to have both humility and courage. Research is profoundly rewarding but only scholarly publishing ensures continuity and gives us a real shot at immortality’.

Prof Tinyiko Sam Maluleke, Executive Director: Research, University of South Africa

“Scholarly publishing is an integral part of historical experience and cultural identity. Culture is integral to human experience and development; and engenders dialogue, social and political consciousness, social change and progress. A flourishing scholarly publishing industry is an essential key to any nation’s integrity and development.”

Mary Jay, Chief Executive Officer, African Book Collective, Oxford, UK

About the Editor

Solani Ngobeni

Solani Ngobeni is the Director of Publications at the Africa Institute of South Africa. He holds a Masters degree in publishing from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His research interests include the politics of race in knowledge production, the state of scholarly publishing in Africa and issues around book distribution in Africa. He was the South African finalist in the 2007 International Young Publisher of the Year Award.

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