New analysis shows that 'Conservation research is not happening where it is most needed'
This article entitled 'Conservation research is not happening where it is most needed' was published in PLoS Biology 14(3), on 29 March 2016.
It is co-authored by Kerrie A. Wilson, Nancy A. Auerbach, Katerina Sam, Ariana G. Magini, Alexander St. L. Moss, Simone D. Langhans, Sugeng Budiharta, Dilva Terzano, Erik Meijaard.
Target 19, set by the Convention on Biological Diversity, seeks to improve the knowledge, science base, and technologies relating to biodiversity. We will fail to achieve this target unless prolific biases in the field of conservation science are addressed. We reveal that comparatively less research is undertaken in the world’s most biodiverse countries, the science conducted in these countries is often not led by researchers based in-country, and these scientists are also underrepresented in important international fora. Mitigating these biases requires wide-ranging solutions: reforming open access publishing policies, enhancing science communication strategies, changing author attribution practices, improving representation in international processes, and strengthening infrastructure and human capacity for research in countries where it is most needed.
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