n South African Journal of Higher Education - Research quality, bibliometrics and the republic of science

Volume 20, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article begins with an account of 'ideologies of knowledge' including ideologies of forbidden knowledge (Christian), of the encyclopedic knowledge system (Enlightenment secularism), and of the knowledge economy (capitalist technoscience). In this context, it focuses on bibliometrics, citation analysis and the rise of the information utility and the 'total information solution'. It proceeds to examine the changing architecture of world science by reference to bibliometrics and the uneven and unequal geographical distribution of knowledge as a backdrop to a discussion of peer review and the 'republic of science', a notion that highlights significant issues concerning the democratic governance of public good science.

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