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Title: Peer-reviewed scientific contributions from Canadian zoos and aquariums
Authors: Schulte-Hostedde, Albrecht I.
Pyotta, Breanna E.
Keywords: zoos;conservation;publications;bibliometrics
Issue Date: 19-Feb-2020
Publisher: Canadian Science Publishing
Citation: Pyott BE and Schulte-Hostedde AI. 2020. Peer-reviewed scientific contributions from Canadian zoos and aquariums. FACETS 5: 381-392. DOI: 10.1139/facets-2019-0052 391
Abstract: With the widespread loss of biodiversity, zoos and aquariums are striving to become leaders in biodiversity conservation and research. Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) is a nonprofit organization created to represent its members, including as agencies of conservation and science. However, the contribution of CAZA members to conservation and science has not been quantified. We used research productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications to systematically quantify biodiversity conservation engagement by CAZA institutions. We extracted publications from the ISI Web of Science database and found that the annual number of publications increased over time. CAZA members published most in the area of veterinary science, with few publications in biodiversity conservation. Organization age, research-orientated mission statements, and financial assets were significant predictors of research productivity. CAZA institutions also published significantly less (X = 12.5 ± 5.52 SE) than members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (X = 24.27 ± 5.08 SE), based in the United States. Zoos and aquariums are important resources in mitigating biodiversity loss, and are increasing their research output in this area. Nonetheless, only a small proportion of publications were in biodiversity conservation, and the majority of all publications occurred in OPEN ACCESS zoo-centric journals
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