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Scholarship in the Ecological Sciences: Empirical Evidence

James A. Perry
BioScience
Vol. 35, No. 4 (Apr., 1985), pp. 227-229
DOI: 10.2307/1310130
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1310130
Page Count: 3
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Scholarship in the Ecological Sciences: Empirical Evidence
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Abstract

Titular colonicity (frequency of colons in titles) has been hypothesized as the primary correlate of scholarly character in journal publication. Using data from 25,000 titles in journals of ecology, aquatic sciences, educational psychology, and literary criticism, I compare the ecological sciences with the social sciences. No significant differences in scholarly character were detectable between aquatic and terrestrial ecology, but ecological sciences were found to be less scholarly than social sciences.

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