Publishing (mal)practices and their (re)colonising effects: Double affiliations in academic publishing

  • Alexander Andrason University of Cape Town
  • Jessica van den Brink University of Stellenbosch
Keywords: publication subsidy; research output; corruption, de-/re-colonization; tertiary education; South Africa


The present article discusses one of the lesser researched flaws in the South African Subsidy System (SASS) which was created to enhance research (output) done by and at South African academic institutions. By making use of decolonial theories and reviewing the research output generated by an organizational entity at a South African tertiary educational institution over the last six years (i.e., from 2016 to 2021), the authors propose the following: the recruitment of doubly affiliated appointees (specifically, extraordinary professors and research fellows) to boost the research output of tertiary educational centres constitutes a practice that violates the principles of SASS and consequently contributes to the epistemic recolonization of academy.

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