Researchers say academic journals should recognise non-professional input and indigenous knowledge.
Academic journals should allow citizen scientists and indigenous knowledge to be formally recognised on papers, researchers have suggested.
Writing in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, a team led by Georgia Ward-Fear from Australia’s Macquarie University and Greg Pauly from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, US, argues that changes in technology mean non-professionals are taking greater roles in science work.
“Members of the general public have become pivotal contributors to research, resulting in thousands of scientific publications and measurable conservation impacts,” says Ward-Fear. “The question is: how should we credit that input?”