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Publish or perish: Why it's important to publicise how, and if, research activities affect animals


McMahon, CR and Hindell, MA and Harcourt, RG, Publish or perish: Why it's important to publicise how, and if, research activities affect animals, Wildlife Research, 39, (5) pp. 375-377. ISSN 1035-3712 (2012) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/WR12014


Wildlife researchers and conservation biologists are encountering growing research difficulties due to strong and effective advocacy of animal welfare concerns. However, collecting information on the basic biology of animals, which is often essential to effective conservation and management, frequently involves invasive research. The latter is unacceptable to some animal welfare advocates, even if it ultimately leads to better conservation outcomes. For effective biodiversity conservation it is imperative that conservation and wildlife researchers lucidly present the case for their research on individual animals. This requires conservation biologists and the research community in general, to present these arguments in the public domain as well as in peer-reviewed literature. Moreover, it is important to measure how these activities affect animals. Only then can we show that high quality research activities often have little or no effects on animal vital rates and performance.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hindell, MA (Professor Mark Hindell)
ID Code:85122
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2013-06-14
Last Modified:2013-11-27
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