Kitchen, S. 2020. "Bibliography on African Scholarly Publishing." Research Data Share.


On social science knowledge production

Ake, Claude, Social Science as Imperialism: the theory of political development, Ibadan University Press, 1979. 

Bank, Leslie, Nico Cloete and Francois van Schalkwyk (eds), Anchored in Place: rethinking universities and development in South Africa, African Minds, 2018.

Beaudry, Catherine, Johann Mouton and Heidi Prozesky (eds), The Next Generation of Scientists in Africa, African Minds, 2018.

Cloete, Nico et al. Knowledge Production and Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education, African Minds, 2015.

Cloete, Nico, Ian Bunting and Francois van Schalkwyk, Research Universities in Africa, African Minds, 2018.

Halvorsen, Tor and Jorun Nossum (eds), North-South Knowledge Networks: towards equitable collaboration between academics, donors and universities, African Minds, 2017.

Mouton, Johann, ‘The state of social science in sub-Saharan Africa’, UNESCO, 2010, available at:

Mudimbe, V. Y., The Idea of Africa, Indiana University Press, 1994.

Owoahene-Acheampong, S., African Studies and Knowledge Production: a reader, Sub-Saharan Publishers, Accra, 2013.

Sall, Ebrima, ‘The Social Sciences in Africa: trends, issues, capacities and constraints’, SSRC Working Paper Series, No. 8, 2003.  

Wagner, Claire, ‘Reflections on the state of social science research on the African continent’, Bulletin of Sociological Methodology, 2016. 

Zeleza, Paul Tiyambe (ed.) The Study of Africa, 2 vols, CODESRIA 2006.


On African scholarly publishing

Bgoya, W. and Jay, M., 2013, ‘Publishing in Africa from Independence to the Present Day’, Research in African Literatures, 44(2): 17-34

Jay, M., 2016, ‘African publishing in a globalized world’,

Kitchen, S., 2017, ‘The academic book in the South: conference report’, in Rayner, S. and Lyons, R. (eds), Academic Book of the Future, UCL Press,

Mlambo, A. (ed.), 2007, African Scholarly Publishing: Essays, African Books Collective.

Olukoshi, A. and Njamnjoh, F., 2007, ‘CODESRIA: over 30 years of scholarly publishing’, in Mlambo, A. (ed), African Scholarly Publishing. Essays.

Darge Wole and Messelech Habte, 2007, ‘The Addis Ababa University Press: experiences and reflections’, in Mlambo, A. (ed)., African Scholarly Publishing. Essays.


Comparative regional literature

Middle East

Hanafi, S. and Arvanitis, R., 2016, Knowledge Production in the Arab World, Routledge.


Latin America

Babini, D., 2019, ‘Towards a global open access scholarly communications system – a developing region perspective’, in Eve, M. and Gray, J. (eds), Old Traditions and New Technologies: the pasts, presents, and futures of open scholarly communications, MIT Press. 

‘La comunicación científica en América Latina es abierta, colaborativa y no comercial. Desafíos para las revistas’, 2019, Palabra Clave,

‘Plan S and Open Access in Latin America: interview with Dominique Babini’,

‘Realising the BOAI visión: a view from the global South’, 2018, Richard Poynder Blog Open and Shut?,


South Asia

Work by Sukanta Chaudhuri and Abhijit Gupta, Jadavpur University Press; see Kitchen, S., 2017, ‘The academic book in the South: conference report’, in Rayner, S. and Lyons, R. (eds) Academic Book of the Future, UCL Press,


Journals publishing on the social sciences in Africa

Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (OSSREA journal since 1985)

Méthod(es): African Review of Social Sciences Methodology (T&F / CODESRIA)

African Research Journal of Education and Social Sciences,



De Mutiis, Kitchen, ‘African Digital Research Repositories: survey report’, Africa Bibliography 2016.


Selected blogs

See in general:

‘Open Access Perspectives in the Humanities and Social Sciences’, A collection compiled and edited by the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog,

Conference papers from 2008 and 2016 CODESRIA publishing conferences on electronic journals and Open Access:



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Critical Commentary

This bibliography is a starting point for those interested in better understanding systems of scholarly publishing and knowledge production in Africa and related contexts. It is not a comprehensive list of all works available on the topic but was rather offered as a resource for those interested in the topic. As such, if you have an additional resource that you believe should be added, please email aokune [at] uci [dot] edu with the bibliographic reference to be added.


Stephanie Kitchen



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Stephanie Kitchen, "Kitchen, S. 2020. "Bibliography on African Scholarly Publishing." Research Data Share.", contributed by Angela Okune, Research Data Share, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 15 July 2020, accessed 11 December 2023.