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Young scientists are a powerful resource for change and sustainable development, as they drive innovation and knowledge creation. However, comparable findings on young scientists in various countries, especially in Africa and developing regions, are generally sparse. Therefore, empirical knowledge on the state of early-career scientists is critical in order to address current challenges faced by those scientists in Africa. This book reports on the main findings of a three-and-a-half-year international project in order to assist its readers in better understanding the African research system in general, and more specifically its young scientists. The first part of the book provides background on the state of science in Africa, and bibliometric findings concerning Africa's scientific production and networks, for the period 2005 to 2015. The second part of the book combines the findings of a large-scale, quantitative survey and more than 200 qualitative interviews to provide a detailed profile of young scientists and the barriers they face in terms of five aspects of their careers: research output; funding; mobility; collaboration; and mentoring. In each case, field and gender differences are also taken into account. The last part of the book comprises conclusions and recommendations to relevant policy- and decision-makers on desirable changes to current research systems in Africa.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright page
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of acronyms and abbreviations
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  1. About the editors and the authors
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Part One - Context: The state of science in Africa
  1. 1. African science: A diagnosis
  2. Johann Mouton
  3. pp. 3-12
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  1. 2. African science: A bibliometric analysis
  2. Johann Mouton and Jaco Blanckenberg
  3. pp. 13-25
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  1. 3. Research funding landscapes in Africa
  2. Csaba Kozma, Clara Calero Medina and Rodrigo Costas
  3. pp. 26-42
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  1. Part Two - The challenges that young scientists in Africa face
  1. 4. The young scientist: A profile
  2. Catherine Beaudry, Johann Mouton and Heidi Prozesky
  3. pp. 45-70
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  1. 5. Lack of funding
  2. Catherine Beaudry, Johann Mouton and Heidi Prozesky
  3. pp. 71-88
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  1. 6. Lack of mentoring and support
  2. Catherine Beaudry, Johann Mouton and Heidi Prozesky
  3. pp. 89-102
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  1. 7. Mobility and the careers of young scientists
  2. Catherine Beaudry, Johann Mouton and Heidi Prozesky
  3. pp. 103-122
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  1. Part Three - Research performance
  1. 8. Research publications
  2. Johann Mouton and Heidi Prozesky
  3. pp. 125-146
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  1. 9. Collaboration
  2. Johann Mouton, Heidi Prozesky and Agnes Lutomiah
  3. pp. 147-174
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  1. Part Four - Conclusions and recommendations
  1. A tale of two halves
  2. p. 177
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  1. Recommendations
  2. pp. 178-181
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  1. Concluding comments
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. Appendix 1. Research design and methodology
  2. Catherine Beaudry, Johann Mouton, Heidi Prozesky, Charl Swart and Rein Treptow
  3. pp. 183-186
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  1. Appendix 2. The questionnaire
  2. pp. 187-197
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  1. References
  2. pp. 198-206
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781928331940
Related ISBN
9781928331933
MARC Record
OCLC
1112361646
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-18
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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