by Ylann Schemm
Elsevier Connect – 26 September 2014
Much of the research done in Africa is hard to find – for scientists locally or anywhere else in the world. The numbers are promising, however: from 1996 to 2012, scientific research papers with an African author quadrupled from 12,500 to over 52,000. Put another way, African author article share nearly doubled during this decade from 1.2 percent to 2.3 percent. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Often targeting critical local issues, African research is frequently published in unindexed local or regional journals, or it may be found languishing as a hard copy on a dusty shelf, part of vast body of African grey literature.