, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 229–241 | Cite as

Science in Africa: An overview of mainstream scientific output

  • Nora Narváez-Berthelemot
  • Jane M. Russell
  • Rigas Arvanitis
  • Roland Waast
  • Jacques Gaillard


The total scientific output of mainstream articles for the 15 most productive African countries for the period 1991 to 1997 was 45,080, with South Africa and Egypt publishing 15,725 and 10,433, respectively. The productions of these two top ranked countries varied little from 1991-1997 while others such as the Maghreb countries increased between 75-102%. Total contributions were mainly in the fields of Clinical Medicine (36%), Biology (17%), Chemistry (14%), and Biomedical Research (12%). Papers in international collaboration were overriding in Biomedical Research, Biology, Earth and Space Science, and Physics. Institutions in the US were the principal collaborators followed closely by those in France.


Nigeria Sudan International Collaboration Science Citation Index Scientific Output 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nora Narváez-Berthelemot
    • 1
  • Jane M. Russell
    • 2
  • Rigas Arvanitis
    • 3
  • Roland Waast
    • 3
  • Jacques Gaillard
    • 4
  1. 1.México(Mexico)
  2. 2.Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas (CUIB)Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)México(Mexico)
  3. 3.Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD-LSS)Bondy Cedex(France)
  4. 4.International Foundation for Science (IFS)Stockholm(Sweden)

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