In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we celebrate women making an impact in Kenyan Open Access Research

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Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.”

  – #IWD2018 #PressforProgress


The 8th of March marked International Women’s Day, a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all around the world.
Findings in the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report estimate that at the rate we are going, it will take more than 102 years to achieve gender parity in Sub-Saharan Africa!

The report benchmarks 144 countries on their progress towards gender parity across four thematic dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunity; Educational Attainment; Health and Survival; and Political Empowerment, including analyses on the dynamics of gender gaps across industry talent pools and occupations.

Although the achievement of gender parity is still over the horizon for Sub-Saharan Africa, it is important to celebrate those women who are tenaciously progressing forward each day.

To continue the spirit of International Women’s Day, and to highlight a nation fostering the East African Community’s vision for a ‘common higher education framework,’ we at Clarivate Analytics  wish to celebrate 15 Kenya-based women researchers whose work published in Open Access (OA) journals  between 2007 and 2018 has achieved notable citation impact, as tracked in the Clarivate benchmarking and analytics tool InCites.

The research represents a range of topics and challenges. Caroline W. Kabaria, for example, has contributed to highly cited OA reports on malaria, while Ruth Duati’s high-impact papers in OA journals center on transmission and other aspects of HIV infection.


Table: As we support OA processes, the table below highlights women researchers based in Kenya whose published work in OA journals is wielding notable influence in the form of citations. The researchers are listed according to total citations to their OA papers recorded in InCites between 2007 and 2018 to date.

 Name  Times  Cited (OA papers) Institution
Caroline W. Kabaria 523 Kenyatta National Hospital
Catherine Kyobutungi 380 African Population & Health Research Centre
>Ruth Nduati 172 University of Nairobi
Paula Braitstein 160 Moi  University
Grace Irimu 155 University of Nairobi
Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha 134 University of Nairobi
Anne Liljander 133 International Livestock Research Institute
Emelda A. Okiro 125 Kenyatta National Hospital
Zipporah Ng’ang’a 122 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology
Diana Menya 120 Moi University
Nelly Mugo 116 Kenyatta National Hospital
Zahida Qureshi 112 University of Nairobi
Elizabeth W. Kimani-Murage 111 African Population & Health Research Centre
Rhoune Ochako 97 African Population & Health Research Centre
Sheila B. Ogoma 96 University of Nairobi


There has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress.”



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