Two decades of neuroscience publication trends in AfricaMore about Open Access at the Crick
Authors listMB Maina U Ahmad HA Ibrahim SK Hamidu FE Nasr AT Salihu AI Abushouk M Abdurrazak MA Awadelkareem A Amin A Imam ID Akinrinade AH Yakubu IA Azeez YG Mohammed AA Adamu HB Ibrahim AM Bukar AU Yaro BW Goni Lucia Prieto Godino T Baden
Neuroscience research in Africa remains sparse. Devising new policies to boost Africa's neuroscience landscape is imperative, but these must be based on accurate data on research outputs which is largely lacking. Such data must reflect the heterogeneity of research environments across the continent's 54 countries. Here, we analyse neuroscience publications affiliated with African institutions between 1996 and 2017. Of 12,326 PubMed indexed publications, 5,219 show clear evidence that the work was performed in Africa and led by African-based researchers - on average ~5 per country and year. From here, we extract information on journals and citations, funding, international coauthorships and techniques used. For reference, we also extract the same metrics from 220 randomly selected publications each from the UK, USA, Australia, Japan and Brazil. Our dataset provides insights into the current state of African neuroscience research in a global context.
Journal Nature Communications
Issue number 1