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A Falsification of the Citation Impediment in the Taxonomic Literature.

Steiner FM, Pautasso M, Zettel H, Moder K, Arthofer W, Schlick-Steiner BC - Syst. Biol. (2015)

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.

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Affiliation: Molecular Ecology Group, Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstr. 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria florian.m.steiner@uibk.ac.at.

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The average numbers of citations received (as of 15 August 2014) by taxonomic versus non-taxonomic publications on mosses, orchids, ciliates, ants, and snakes based on WoS, for (a) all journals given in Table 1 and (b) the journals in Table 1 that published both taxonomic and non-taxonomic contributions on a yearly basis (2009–2012). Error bars represent 1 SD. -values above bars are the results of analyses of variance comparing the numbers of citations for the factors Taxonomy (taxonomic vs. non-taxonomic publications, , Journal (, and Year ( interactions among factors;  shown; * values significant at . See Online Appendix 1 for the protocols used and Online Appendix 2 for the data available as Supplementary Material on Dryad at http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.3t761.
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Figure 1: The average numbers of citations received (as of 15 August 2014) by taxonomic versus non-taxonomic publications on mosses, orchids, ciliates, ants, and snakes based on WoS, for (a) all journals given in Table 1 and (b) the journals in Table 1 that published both taxonomic and non-taxonomic contributions on a yearly basis (2009–2012). Error bars represent 1 SD. -values above bars are the results of analyses of variance comparing the numbers of citations for the factors Taxonomy (taxonomic vs. non-taxonomic publications, , Journal (, and Year ( interactions among factors; shown; * values significant at . See Online Appendix 1 for the protocols used and Online Appendix 2 for the data available as Supplementary Material on Dryad at http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.3t761.

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.


A Falsification of the Citation Impediment in the Taxonomic Literature.

Steiner FM, Pautasso M, Zettel H, Moder K, Arthofer W, Schlick-Steiner BC - Syst. Biol. (2015)

The average numbers of citations received (as of 15 August 2014) by taxonomic versus non-taxonomic publications on mosses, orchids, ciliates, ants, and snakes based on WoS, for (a) all journals given in Table 1 and (b) the journals in Table 1 that published both taxonomic and non-taxonomic contributions on a yearly basis (2009–2012). Error bars represent 1 SD. -values above bars are the results of analyses of variance comparing the numbers of citations for the factors Taxonomy (taxonomic vs. non-taxonomic publications, , Journal (, and Year ( interactions among factors;  shown; * values significant at . See Online Appendix 1 for the protocols used and Online Appendix 2 for the data available as Supplementary Material on Dryad at http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.3t761.
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Figure 1: The average numbers of citations received (as of 15 August 2014) by taxonomic versus non-taxonomic publications on mosses, orchids, ciliates, ants, and snakes based on WoS, for (a) all journals given in Table 1 and (b) the journals in Table 1 that published both taxonomic and non-taxonomic contributions on a yearly basis (2009–2012). Error bars represent 1 SD. -values above bars are the results of analyses of variance comparing the numbers of citations for the factors Taxonomy (taxonomic vs. non-taxonomic publications, , Journal (, and Year ( interactions among factors; shown; * values significant at . See Online Appendix 1 for the protocols used and Online Appendix 2 for the data available as Supplementary Material on Dryad at http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.3t761.
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.

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.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Molecular Ecology Group, Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstr. 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria florian.m.steiner@uibk.ac.at.

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