Title

Excerpta Botanica - a valuable bibliographical source for vegetation science

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Faculty of 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

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1111/j.1654-1103.2007.tb02558.x