Academic Journal Publishing in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Prospects
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 9 No. 2 (2008): Vol-9-Issue-2-February-2008
Compared to the situation up to the late 1970s, academic publishing in Africa and its concomitant
effect of scholarly research has declined in terms of output, quality and regularity of a publications
(Olukoju, 2002). This reflects the general decline in the standards and funding of education, a
consequence of prolonged military rule characterized by lack of accountability and thinly veiled culture
of obscurantism (Olukoju, 2002). He also stressed the problem of collapsed currency, owing to plunder,
and mismanagement by the country’s military rulers and their civilian collaborations.
This state of affairs generated the brain drain syndrome; and led to the disillusionment and despair
among the academics who were distracted from their primary assignments of teaching, research and
supervision of students. This situation further led to ceasely strikes, which consequently led to the
collapse of established reputable journals in meantime and academic publishing in Nigeria.