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close this bookAfrican Journals - An Evaluation of the Use of African-published Journals in African Universities Evaluating Impact - Education Research Paper No. 36 (DFID, 1999, 63 p.)
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This study has shown that, although useful and wanted, African-published journals will not attain their full impact on teaching and research in African universities, unless they become more easily accessible and more readily available. African academics have to know what is being published in their subject areas. What is being published needs to be more regular and of better quality. There needs to be reliable and systematic channels for obtaining the required journals and journal articles. It is with these conclusions in mind that the following recommendations are made, all in the context of maximizing journal use in African universities and, in particular, the use of journals published in Africa.