exploring bias in ecology and evolution
Progress in a scientific discipline is normally achieved through publication and dissemination of knowledge. Number of publications and their citation frequency are also widely used for academic evaluation of individual researchers, departments, and universities. Therefore, any bias in publication and dissemination of scientific content may potentially affect the development of a field in terms of what kind of information is available for synthesis, who is successfully employed, and where funding is allocated.
We are an NCEAS working group of ecologists interested in exploring factors which influence the publication of articles in ecology. Primarily, we strive to use empirical and quantitative techniques to address testable predictions with respect to attributes of authors, papers, journals, or experiments.