[Coral-List] Declining interest in coral reefs??

John Ware jware at erols.com
Wed Mar 30 13:56:03 UTC 2022

Hello to all,

I acknowledge that I am very much an amateur in coral reefs in general, 
but I have done a few things.  One of the things I have done was to 
predict (admittedly in Reef Encounter) that trends in coral reef papers 
would occur.  My predictions have come true: that the number of papers 
and the number of authors per paper that appear in Coral Reefs has 
increased, dramatically.

One thing I have observed recently is that the number of papers dealing 
with coral reefs in Science and Nature has declined markedly: 36 in 
2018, 25 in 2019, 20 in 2020, and 3 in 2021. (Publications in 2018 
probably triggered by the GBR event.)

Here is the question that I hope someone out there can answer (or cares 
enough to answer):

Is the combined number of papers on coral reefs in Nature and Science 
decreasing because there is reduced interest in coral reefs, or because 
some other topic (e.g. Covid) is taking up the space, or are the coral 
reef papers being published elsewhere (e.g. Science Advances)??

Any thoughts??


John R. Ware PhD
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