Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Methodological Note on Kaba's Article

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Methodological Note on Kaba's Article

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A brief methodological note on Kaba's "Demographics and Profile: The Most Cited Black Scholars in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities."

I recently read with interest Professor Kaba's article "Demographics and profile: The most cited black scholars in the social sciences, arts and science." As a black scholar myself, I naturally find such works interesting. However, after reading through the article, one question came to mind: where does the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE) receive the names of scholars for their annual study? Admittedly, my curiosity stemmed from the fact that in the social science section of the study none of the well-published and cited black criminologists cracked the list. Since Professor Kaba's article didn't say how JBHE identified scholars for possible inclusion on the list, I contacted JBHE. The contact person at the journal informed me that because it is impossible to identify Black scholars through the works that appear in the numerous disciplines in the social sciences, they rely on colleges/universities and individual scholars to submit the names of black scholars for possible inclusion in their annual study. This was a critical piece of information. Consequently, there are a few lessons we can learn from this revelation. …

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