Nwagwu, WE. 2010. Cybernating the academe: Centralized scholarly ranking and visibility of scholars in the developing world. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION SCIENCE 36 (2): 228-241.
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Nwagwu, WE. 2010. Cybernating the academe: Centralized scholarly ranking
and visibility of scholars in the developing world. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION
SCIENCE 36 (2): 228-241.
Author Full Name(s): Nwagwu, Williams E.
Document Type: Article
Author Keywords: citation analysis; citation indexes; cybernetics; scholarly
publications; scholarly ranking
KeyWords Plus: CITATION ANALYSIS; SCIENCE; PRODUCTIVITY; TOOL;
PSYCHOLOGY; JOURNALS; IMPACT
Abstract: This article uses a metaphor of social cybernetics to explain the
neoliberal science politics manifest in the deployment of information technology
to homogenize, centralize and globalize scholarly performance criteria, a
development that benefits the developed regions of the world that already
have a competitive advantage in the use of the technologies. The international
citation indexes collect, organize and analyse skewed proportions of the world's
scholarly publications mainly from the North and make generalizations about the
state and structure of global scientific knowledge, thus exerting undue control
and discipline on global intellectual discourse. The databases do not accord any
deference to the global diversity and complexity in human and other resources.
However, autonomous databases that have regional, national and
organizational focuses are beginning to emerge, but such an infrastructure is
not yet available in Africa and many other developing regions. It is envisaged,
however, that the current African Citation Index Project of the Council for the
Development of Social Science Research in Africa will contribute in bridging this
Addresses: Univ Ibadan, Africa Reg Ctr Informat Sci, Ibadan, Nigeria
Reprint Address: Nwagwu, WE, Univ Ibadan, Africa Reg Ctr Informat Sci, 6
Benue Rd,Box 22133, Ibadan, Nigeria.
E-mail Address: willieezi at yahoo.com
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