A Falsification of the Citation Impediment in the Taxonomic Literature.
Bottom Line: Our results show that, contrary to common belief, taxonomic contributions do not generally reduce a journal's citation performance and might even increase it.Thus, editors of highly visible journals inviting taxonomic contributions could benefit from taxonomy's strong momentum.We conclude that taxonomy's standing in the present citation-focused scientific landscape could easily improve-if the community becomes aware that there is no citation impediment in taxonomy.
Affiliation: Molecular Ecology Group, Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstr. 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria firstname.lastname@example.org.Show MeSH
Mentions: When all taxa and all journals were included in the analyses, the average numbers of citations were, as expected, lower for taxonomic than for non-taxonomic papers. This difference was significant (Fig. 1a) in analysis of variance using as factors Taxonomy, Journal, and Year, and their two- and three-level interactions calculated via Type III sum of squares; as for all other statistical analyses, SAS 9.4 was used. In taxon-by-taxon analyses of all journals, however, four of the five taxa were without significant differences. For the fifth taxon, ciliates, taxonomic papers were significantly more cited than non-taxonomic ones.
Affiliation: Molecular Ecology Group, Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstr. 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria email@example.com.