[Taxacom] Dark Research: a comparison of content discoverability between PLOS ONE and Zootaxa

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Tue Jan 6 02:47:16 CST 2015

Following up on Ross's paper, and for those interested in the issue of data discovery, this article by Walls et al might also be of interest: Semantics in Support of Biodiversity Knowledge Discovery: An Introduction to the Biological Collections Ontology and Related Ontologies  http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0089606 


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Subject: [Taxacom] Dark Research: a comparison of content discoverability between PLOS ONE and Zootaxa

Hi Taxacom,

You may be interested in this preprint I wrote on the discoverability of content, particularly phylogenetic content in PLOS ONE & Zootaxa:

Mounce R. (2015) Dark Research: information content in many modern research papers is not easily discoverable online. PeerJ PrePrints 3:e773v1 http://dx.doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.773v1

This should be of particular concern to those who have published, or will publish in Zootaxa.
I'm concerned for the discoverability of content in this journal; it doesnt appear to be as good as it could be e.g. at PLOS ONE.

Feedback welcome.



Ross Mounce, PhD
Fossils, Phylogeny and Macroevolution Research Group University of Bath, 4 South Building, Lab 1.07 http://about.me/rossmounce
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