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Title:Publishing African Studies in Africa: reflections and considerations
Author:Kropp Dakubu, M.E.ISNI
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Geographic term:Ghana
African studies
Abstract:In December 2010, the author retired after 12 years of being editor of the Research Review, the journal of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. She has also been editor or co-editor of numerous other publications, mainly in the field of linguistics. In this article, she reflects on what it has been like to edit a journal of African Studies in Africa, and contemplates on future developments. She discusses the origin and history of the journal, the content of the old series (1965-1981) and the new series (from 1985), contributing authors and growing internationalization, citation statistics, the issue of peer reviewing, the challenges involved in the use of English, challenges of distribution, and funding problems. She also discusses the topic of micro-research, local focus and empiricism, perceived features of African scholarship, to the detriment of the larger view and theorizing, which tends to be viewed as problematic in an international context. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]