n South African Journal of Higher Education - `Stopping before we start . . .' : could self-doubt about the quality of publications be interpreted as a barrier to publishing by prospective authors?

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



At a conference I attended recently, a presenter proposed the perspective of a school of thought that recommends that, prior to publishing endeavours, authors must raise questions with themselves. Some of these questions should include: whether the proposed article would really be knowledge or merely knowledge?; whether scholarship is the cornerstone of the article?; whether the article is a means to an end or an end in itself? In this article, I will use some of the findings of a research study conducted with academic women at selected South African historically black universities (HBUs), to argue that such questions may increase self-doubt and may subsequently impinge on publication endeavours. This becomes particularly poignant for academic women who have a negative relationship with publishing. The findings of the study elucidate some of the barriers that academic women at these institutions experienced with regard to publishing. I feel that such questions at the initiation of publication endeavours may retard the inception of publishing and render this academic activity more daunting to academic women, who do not qualify to be promoted because of deficient publication records, and are over-represented in the lower echelons of academia.

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