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April 2019


The 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




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