Contribution to the Science of Conservation Biology

The contribution of a specific sector to any academic endeavour is routinely measured by how well this sector is represented in scientific publications. To our knowledge, such an analysis has never been done specifically regarding the contribution of zoos and aquariums to the science of conservation biology.

 

We screened all 12 issues of the 2009 and 2010 volumes of the journal Conservation Biology, which is the leading scientific periodical in the field of biodiversity conservation. First, we calculated the percentage of authors with a zoo or aquarium affiliation. Second, we calculated the percentage of published articles where at least one author had a zoo or aquarium affiliation.

 

From a total of 424 articles published by 1,784 authors, 3.4% of authors had a zoo or aquarium affiliation and 8.3% of published articles had at least one author with a zoo or aquarium affiliation. Backed by a 2006 authorship analysis of 2,060 articles published in Conservation Biology, our results suggest that zoo-affiliated scientists do indeed fairly frequently publish in the leading journal in the field of biodiversity conservation.

 

We hope that this preliminary analysis stimulates in-depth research into the contribution of zoos and aquariums to the science of conservation biology by covering further journals and volumes, which would also allow for an assessment across journals over time.

  • Conservation Biology
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