KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION ON PEACE AND SECURITY IN AFRICA
MAPPING THE EPISTEMIC TERRAIN OF PEACE AND SECURITY IN AFRICA 1960 - 2018
A Project of the African Leadership Centre Data Lab
There are thousands of research outputs from studies on the subject of peace and security across Africa. The different findings and themes emanating from these diverse studies have been published in different sources including academic journals, conference proceedings, chapters in books, and books reviews among others. The need for a bibliometric or scientific mapping of the epistemic terrain spurred the researchers at the African Leadership Centre Data Laboratory to fill this huge research gap.
This study deploys the tools of network analysis to map out the citation patterns amongst peace and security scholars affiliated to institutions in Africa with a view to providing deeper insights into the prevalent keyword usage, keyword co-occurrences and prevalent themes through the decades from the 1960s until now.
The mapping was primarily focused on peace and security-themed academic articles published by African scholars who are affiliated to African-based institutions between 1960 and the first quarter of 2018. The Scopus database was used in selecting these articles. Conference proceedings, books and chapters in books were however exempted from this initial study. These will be the focus of follow-up studies. In addition, scholars from non-Anglophone Africa were not adequately represented in this study. A further study will include works published in non-English official languages.
This is not a study on the superiority of a particular article, author or study partly because of the limitation of the database. A major issue of concern is the fact that a lot of African scholars embark on self-publication and as such, so many of their works exist in grey literature.
Project Leader: Damilola Adegoke