Geographic bias in citation rates of conservation research

Meijaard, Erik, Cardillo, Marcel, Meijaard, Emily M. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2015) Geographic bias in citation rates of conservation research. Conservation Biology, 29 3: 920-925. doi:10.1111/cobi.12489

Author Meijaard, Erik
Cardillo, Marcel
Meijaard, Emily M.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Geographic bias in citation rates of conservation research
Journal name Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1523-1739
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/cobi.12489
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 29
Issue 3
Start page 920
End page 925
Total pages 6
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract We investigated whether the impact of conservation science is greater for research conducted in countries with more pressing conservation problems. We quantified research impact for 231 countries based on 2 citation metrics (mean cites per paper and h index) and fitted models predicting research impact based on number of threatened bird and mammal species (as a measure of conservation importance of a country) and a range of demographic variables. Citation rates of conservation research increased as a country's conservation need increased and as human population, quality of governance, and wealth increased. Even after accounting for these factors, citation rates among regions and countries within regions varied significantly. The conservation research community needs to consider ways to begin addressing the entrenched disadvantages some countries have when it comes to initiating projects and producing high-quality research.
Keyword Conservation biology
H index
Research impact
Threatened species
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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