Title

Excerpta Botanica - a valuable bibliographical source for vegetation science

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Natural Sciences, Centre for Ecosystem Management

RAS ID

8406

Comments

Originally published as: Goodall, D. W. (2007). Excerpta Botanica‐a valuable bibliographical source for vegetation science. Journal of vegetation science, 18(3), 453-454. Original article available here

Abstract

Attention is drawn to a source citing some 90 000 papers in vegetation science and related fields published before 1995. A subject index is provided. It is a commonplace that the past 20 or 30 years have seen a revolution in the ways in which knowledge is recorded and disseminated--a revolution comparable with that a little over five centuries ago when the western world first saw the printing press. Science has always built upon past knowledge and insights. Even scientists who appear to be innovators--original thinkers--usually have had forerunners on whose shoulders they stood. Historians of science are concerned to identify the channels through which thought flowed from generation to generation--or indeed within a generation. In the past few centuries, these channels are open to view in scientific literature, and the practice of quoting sources has come to be recognized as a requirement for scientific probity.

DOI

10.1111/j.1654-1103.2007.tb02558.x

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1111/j.1654-1103.2007.tb02558.x