What is it about?

Western colonization of nations has long ended; however, it appears that many of the affected people, particularly Africans, are still captive of Western imposed mentality and standards. "Globafricalisation‟, a newly coined term partly expressed as the westernisation of researches and research outputs from Africa‟ is critically examined in this study.

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Why is it important?

The emphasis on the global outlook and worldwide rating or ranking of researchers, their researches and their institutions partly prompted this research work. The phenomenon of Globafricalisation which includes the pressure to fit into the Western-imposed model despite the deficit of research support infrastructures may in part be fueling the push for global institutional and research rating by various institutions in Africa.


It is obvious that as academics based in Africa are drowning in the flood of "Globafricalisation‟, research and indigenous innovations are most negatively impacted as best brains and research outputs including publications and patents are carried headlong to the “advanced world” which is relatively saturated. Globafricalisation undermines the full exploration of African potentials to tackle her peculiar challenges and optimally utilize resources. We have provided very easy-to-use expression to compute: i. Normalized Impact Factor approximation which may be useful for the ease of comparison of JIF within fields in a discipline. ii. Total Citation Impact metric for the evaluation of a research article in its field. This measures a paper‟s citation per year of existence. iii. Adjusted Author Impact Factor metric for evaluating the impact of authors within fields (depends on citations). iv. Weighted Author Impact metric for the rating of researchers, virtually independent of their respective disciplines. It gives the average weighted performance of an author‟s publications per year in an interval m, relative to a baseline year Y. v. Weighted Impact Ratio metric for tracking research output growth within a specified interval m, from a baseline year Y.

Dr Temitope G. Jaiyeola
Obafemi Awolowo University

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This page is a summary of: Globafricalisation and Sustainable Development: Research and Researchers’ Assessments, ‘Publish or Perish’, Journal Impact Factor and Other Metrifications, December 2019, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.2478/9783110671049.
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