The journal Higher Education Policy has retracted an article it published last year by a scholar in Ethiopia whose grasp of publishing policy seems pretty shaky.
The article, “Financing Higher Education in Ethiopia: Analysis of Cost-Sharing Policy and its Implementation,” which appeared online in August 2012, was by Sewale Abate Ayalew, of Bahir Dar University College of Business and Economics.
According to the retraction notice:
The editor and publisher of Higher Education Policy are retracting the article ‘Financing Higher Education in Ethiopia: Analysis of Cost-Sharing Policy and its Implementation’ by Sewale Abate Ayalew (2013) (http://www.palgrave-journals.com/hep/journal/v26/n1/full/hep201221a.html), published in Volume 26 Issue 1 of the journal, following an investigation into possible ethical misconduct. It has been concluded that portions of text in the article are either unoriginal or incorrectly cited, and therefore the decision has been taken to remove this article from the scholarly field. It should no longer be cited from the print or online version of Higher Education Policy.
The abstract of the paper is still available online:
Cost-sharing as a policy in Ethiopian higher education institutions (HEIs) has been adopted since 2003 to achieve a set of objectives such as supplementing revenue as an alternative non-governmental source, maintaining and enhancing access to higher education, addressing equity in terms of opportunity in higher education and making students ‘customer-like’. This article tries to identify some of the basic challenges the government is facing in achieving the objectives of cost-sharing in general. These challenges are lack of policy awareness, limited (or lack of) immediate non-governmental revenue, difficulty in implementing the concept of students-as-customers, the huge amount of government subsidy, inefficient/weak collection capacity, high default rate, and there is no direct flow of money to HEIs from cost-sharing.