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April 2019

1443651948496The publish-and-perish epidemic – Counting the costs

Damtew Teferra is Professor of Higher Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Founding Director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of African Higher Education. Teferra steers the Higher Education Cluster of the Africa Union’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA). He may be reached at and



In 2017, a study published by Professor Johann Mouton and his colleagues at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, found that more than 4,240 journal articles were published between 2005 and 2014 in unscrupulous journals – what they describe as “probably or possibly predatory” – costing the government about half-a-billion Rand (US$35 million) in subsidies to the institutions that accounted for them. The analysis shows that these articles were published in 48 such journals. Read more on University World News.

The International Network of Higher Education in Africa is hosted at The University of Kwazulu-Natal and closely affiliated with the Boston College Center for International Higher Education. The Network is led by its founding director, Professor Damtew Teferra. Numerous initiatives of the Network are supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.