Let research on subterranean habitats resonate!

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Mammola , S & Martinez , A 2020 , ' Let research on subterranean habitats resonate! ' , Subterranean biology , vol. 36 , pp. 63-71 . https://doi.org/10.3897/subtbiol.36.59960

Title: Let research on subterranean habitats resonate!
Author: Mammola, Stefano; Martinez, Alejandro
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Finnish Museum of Natural History
Date: 2020-11-16
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Subterranean biology
ISSN: 1768-1448
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/322658
Abstract: Whereas scientists interested in subterranean life typically insist that their research is exciting, adventurous, and important to answer general questions, this enthusiasm and potential often fade when the results are translated into scientific publications. This is because cave research is often written by cave scientists for cave scientists; thus, it rarely "leaves the cave". However, the status quo is changing rapidly. We analysed 21,486 articles focused on subterranean ecosystems published over the last three decades and observed a recent, near-exponential increase in their annual citations and impact factor. Cave research is now more often published in non-specialized journals, thanks to a number of authors who are exploiting subterranean habitats as model systems for addressing important scientific questions. Encouraged by this positive trend, we here propose a few personal ideas for improving the generality of subterranean literature, including tips for framing broadly scoped research and making it accessible to a general audience, even when published in cave-specialized journals. Hopefully, this small contribution will succeed in condensing and broadcasting even further the collective effort taken by the subterranean biology community to bring their research "outside the cave".
Subject: Bibliometric
Cave science
Citation analysis
Impact Factor
Jargon
Model organism
Natural laboratory
Scientific progress
Scientific writing
Temporal trend in citations
CLIMATE-CHANGE
CAVE
EVOLUTION
HISTORY
SYSTEM
LIFE
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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