The academic old boys’ network must fall‚ Africans say in the August edition of the South African Journal of Science. Staff from Unisa and the University of Venda (UV) said international scientific journals were still guided by the legacy of imperialism and colonialism‚ meaning contributions from the Global South — particularly Africa — are treated with disrespect. "The stains of the colonial legacy still seem to manifest in the international publishing arena‚" said Mwazvita Dalu and Ashley Gunter‚ from Unisa’s geography department‚ and UV ecologist Tatenda Dalu. "It appears that all knowledge is often evaluated against ‘expert’ knowledge based on Western scientific paradigms before it is considered valued and useful." Even the National Research Foundation rating system for South African scientists perpetuated the old boys’ network. "[It ranks] a local scientist with more publications in journals of Global North origin higher than those whose publications are mostly in local journal...

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