Wednesday, June 12, 2024

UB academic fraud exposed

About 65 University of Botswana (UB) professors and associate professors – more than 70% – do not meet the international professional standard, Sunday Standard data investigative journalism has revealed.

It has also emerged that a number of UB full professors’ credentials fall far below the international standard for associate professors.

Sunday Standard investigations further revealed that a number of UB “scholars” were promoted to professors and associate professors on the back of papers published in fraudulent academic publishers.

University scholars are promoted based in part on how many peer-reviewed publications they have. The Sunday Standard analyzed the database of UB professors and associate professors with the help of Scopus Indexed Journal and Google Scholar.

Scopus indexed journal is reputed to be the best abstraction and citation database for peer-reviewed journals. Google Scholar on the other hand is a freely accessible web search engine which indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

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