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Call for Papers on Science Technology Innovation and Development in Africa in a special issue of JSCIRES

Call for Papers in a special issue of the Journal of Scientometric
Research

Special issue on: Science Technology Innovation and Development in Africa


Background

The African Union (AU previously OAU) has developed a science, technology
and innovation strategy for African sustainable development. There are many
strategies adopted from time to time. For example, in 1979 Africa adopted
the Monrovia Strategy; in 1980 adopted the Lagos Plan of Action. In 2013,
the AU has produced “Agenda 2063 to realize fully the African unity by
integrating the economy with science, technology and innovation. The Africa
Union has NEPAD, Peer Review Mechanism, Peace and Security, the African
Parliament, STISA 2024 and Agenda 2063. The AU is good at producing
protocols to generate the "Africa We Want" to transform Africa "into the
global powerhouse of the future". This agenda 2063 has also included
science, technology and innovation (STI) for Africa’s overall integrated
and sustainable development by aligning with the STISA 2024 that has been
declared a year after agenda 2063. In 2014, the AU created a specific
sectoral strategy on science, technology and innovation by adopting a
10-year Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa
(STISA-2024). The strategy aims to address the pressing challenges through
skill development, capacity building, entrepreneurship development,
intellectual property generation and protection.

The strategies are well articulated; but the implementation is challenging.
There are a few countries like South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya and the Northern
African countries which are quite well performing while some other
countries are lagging behind. Some research output shows that there is a
significant increase in the number of scientific publications and patents
from Africa. However, the publications and patents from Africa are
attributed to only a few countries for example South Africa from South and
Egypt from the North. There is a need to cover as many parts of Africa as
possible to discover the research publications and patents generated in all
parts of Africa.

This special issue of Journal of Scientometric Research

(JSCIRes) calls for papers on various Science and Technology issues of
African Continent to comprehend the breadth and depth of the scientific
publications and patents, innovation hubs and industrial parks from Africa.
Papers for the special issue are called for in any of the following
Science, Technology and Innovation thematic areas:

1. ST&I indicators with special reference in the African context.
2. Country specific case study including the S, T & I policy
perspectives.
3. Science and technology measurements from the regional perspective for
example S&T development in Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), Southern African
Development Community (SADAC), The Intergovernmental Authority on
Development (IGAD), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
and
in specific manufacturing, agricultural and service sectors.
4. The digital and knowledge economy with Science, Technology and
Innovation for African Sustainable Development.
5. Intra and Inter African Scientific collaborations.
6. Open science and its relevance in developing countries particularly
in African context.

Submission Guidelines

To submit the full manuscript, authors should read carefully the journal
instructions and requirements in terms of length, reference style.
Submissions can be made using the following links:
https://www.journalonweb.com/jscires/

Full manuscript to be considered for publication in the Special issue of
“Science Technology Innovation and Development in Africa”. Submission of
a
full manuscript does not indicate automatic acceptance for the present
special issue.

All full manuscripts to be considered for the special issue must be
submitted through the online submission system and subjected to double
blind peer review and inclusion in the Special Issue will be determined on
a final acceptance decision by the Editor-in-Chief the basis of peer
reviews and recommendations made by the Guest Editors.

Important dates

- Abstract submission deadline: 31st March 2020 (to be sent to the
Guest Editors )
- Full paper submission deadline: 30th June 2020 (should be submitted to
the online journal submission system)
- Publication of the issues: October/ November 2020

Guest Editors:

- Swapan Kumar Patra (skpatra[@]gmail.com ,
PatraSK[@]tut.ac.za )
- Mammo Muchie (Mammo.muchie[@]gmail.com ;
muchiem[@]tut.ac.za )


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