Searching Down the Fisheries Information Web: An Initial Reflection

TitleSearching Down the Fisheries Information Web: An Initial Reflection
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsWebster, JG, Merrikin, P, Collins, J
JournalPublishing Research Quarterly
AbstractThe complex web of information ranges from pure science to applied techniques to management policies. All are important, yet have varying levels of accessibility and authority. Often the apex of the peer-reviewed journal article is considered the most important level discouraging scientists and managers, especially those in developing countries, from populating the other layers of the web that may be considered grey. We are particularly interested in how information produced in developing countries fits into this information web. To do so, we focused on one topic, mangroves, using it as a means to exemplify the complexity of the web of information and reveal publication patterns. Using search tools, we identified 2000?2005 mangrove-related publications regarding Africa and India, analyzed them by author?s location and affiliation, publication format, and availability. Our preliminary analysis suggests that grey literature remains difficult to discover, the peer-reviewed journal is the most popular means of scientific communication, and open archives are just starting to have an impact on scholarly communication. The web of information would be strengthened by improving the discovery of the grey literature through greater visibility and accessibility. {ABSTRACT} {FROM} {AUTHOR} Copyright of Publishing Research Quarterly is the property of Springer Science & Business Media {B.V.} and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)