, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 191–199 | Cite as

Access and retrieval of information as coordinates of scientific development and achievement in Nigeria

  • I. Adamson


In the pioneering study on the quantitation of science in the first generation Nigerian Universities between 1975–79 using the scientific indicator of publication count of publishing scientists derived from ISI database, the data showed a real growth in scientific output. The growth correlated well with Federal Government funding of the Universities and the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The decline and often erratic funding stemmed the rate of growth in most of the Universities. In spite of the modest growth recorded for the fastest growing science of Biochemistry, where nutrition was identified as the major front of research, high infant morality rate (an index of under-development) was unabated. Retrieval of information to aid prosecution of relevant research and lack of access to scientific information have resulted in intellectual isolation of Nigerian scientists and inapplicability of research findings. Apart from India, the pathetic state of scientific growth and relevance in Nigeria is typical of the Developing Countries (DC). The situation calls for awareness of the importance of science indicators in strengthening the coverage of third world science and for support of science in the DC. Refining of science indicators for suitability to measuring science in these countries is also advocated.


Develop Country Gross Domestic Product Nigeria World Science Relevant Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Adamson
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  1. 1.College of Natural Sciences University of AgricultureAbeokuta(Nigeria)

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