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Neo-colonial Science by the Most Industrialised upon the Least Developed Countries in Peer-Reviewed Publishing

Farid DAHDOUH-GUEBAS researcher laureate
fdahdouh@vub.ac.be

°1972 Belgium
Licence in biology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 1994

Neo-colonial Science by the Most Industrialised upon the Least Developed Countries in Peer-Reviewed Publishing

The article has an extremely high value as regards its relevance to development cooperation, for it shows the difference in collaboration (co-authorship) between researchers from developing countries and those from the industrialized countries. This is a factor that has hitherto seldom been dealt with in scientometric studies and the results, described in this article (though to be expected up to a certain point), are simply staggering. The results show that in 70% of the cases publications of research carried out in the least developed countries do not have co-authorship of local research institutes. Moreover, the majority of the papers are written in the most industrialised countries of the world. Of course further studies are still necessary, but one must certainly emphasize the importance of these conclusions for rewriting guidelines for the obtaining of research grants in the context of development cooperation (and outside it). It is of course the case that in such research there should be no discrimination of the kind described in this article, which also further handicaps the career possibilities of researchers in developing countries: all research, set up in a developing country and in collaboration with researchers from these countries, should result in publications with co-authors from the various countries involved.
The scientific analysis in the article makes efficient use of the Current Contents, a universal databank of articles on a broad range of research topics. This databank is indeed appropriate and the dataset is comprehensive.
As a general conclusion it can be stated that this is a most important contribution to the study of an extremely important and relevant problem in development cooperation, and this at a global level. Because of this last characteristic increasing the awareness of it in international (and national) organizations involved with development cooperation can be particularly useful.
 

report by Prof. Dr L. Egghe, Chief Librarian University Library, Limburgs Universitair Centrum, Belgium & Guest professor, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium