oa Botswana Notes & Records - Evaluating the impact of science and technology research at the University of Botswana

Volume 32 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



The lSI database was used to determine the quantity and quality of scientific research by senior academics at the University of Botswana and the quantity and quality of scientific papers attributed to the University of Botswana. Quantity was evaluated in terms of the number of papers in impact factored journals over a five-year period (1995-1999), and quality was evaluated in tenus of citations over the same period. Individual productivity was low, and impact was variable but generally low. The publication rate of staff in the Faculty of Science has not kept pace with increased staffing levels, and the citation rates for UB-centred papers were low. Possible causes, consequences and solutions to these problems are discussed.

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