International Journal of Zoology

The Role of Citizen Science and Volunteer Data Collection in Zoological Research


Publishing date
03 Aug 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
03 Feb 2012

Lead Editor

1Department of Natural and Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire GL50 2RH, UK

2Division of Science, University of Bedfordshire, Luton LU1 3JU, UK

3Wildlife ACT, P.O. Box 277, Mkuze 3965, South Africa


The Role of Citizen Science and Volunteer Data Collection in Zoological Research

Description

Citizen science, essentially the use of members of the pubic to collect data for synthesis, analysis, and publication, is increasingly being employed in the life sciences in fields as diverse as ecology, behavior, taxonomy, and paleontology. A major factor in its rise is the enhanced connectivity and functionality offered by recent internet advances, especially social media. A “citizen science” approach has advantages beyond the collection of data, with some programmes having primary or secondary goals related to education, outreach, and participation. However, despite clear advantages, citizen science approaches have numerous potentially fatal drawbacks related to, amongst other things, the reliability of data (especially when members of the public identify species themselves) and the statistical issues that can arise from analysis of presence-only data (i.e., because species absences are not usually recorded except in full scientific surveys).

As the field advances it is necessary to evaluate the role and potential of citizen science and volunteer-based projects for the collection of publishable data. With many different groups taking on citizen science projects with a varying level of success, many lessons are being learned locally, but the difficulty of publishing negative results, or studies that are more informative about the approach than the results, means that such lessons are not being shared. For this special issue we are seeking papers that critically explore the role of citizen science in zoological research. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Successful citizen science or volunteer-based projects with scientifically significant results
  • Citizen science or volunteer-based projects that were successful with respect to the “citizen” element but did not generate statistically significant results
  • Projects where issues of data analysis have not been adequately addressed, as long as reasons for this are acknowledged and discussed
  • Studies where the impact of citizen science or volunteer-based data collection has exceeded that of traditional academic approaches
  • Successful volunteer training programmes that have enhanced the ability of volunteers to collect data
  • Citizen science and volunteer-based approaches for data collection that were unsuccessful and the reasons for that lack of success
  • Statistical or technological methods for recruitment of citizen or volunteer scientists or analysis of resultant data
  • Collation and/or analysis of citizen science data
  • Taxonomic, geographical, or approach-based reviews of citizen science projects
  • Web-based recruitment and data collection

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijz/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 105345
  • - Editorial

The Role of Citizen Science and Volunteer Data Collection in Zoological Research

Adam Hart | Richard Stafford | ... | Simon Morgan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 349630
  • - Review Article

The Citizen Science Landscape: From Volunteers to Citizen Sensors and Beyond

Christina L. Catlin-Groves
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 724835
  • - Research Article

The Accuracy of Behavioural Data Collected by Visitors in a Zoo Environment: Can Visitors Collect Meaningful Data?

Rachel L. Williams | Sue K. Porter | ... | Anne E. Goodenough
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 980520
  • - Research Article

Information Flows in Community-Based Monitoring Exercises in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Johan A. Oldekop | Nathan K. Truelove | ... | Richard F. Preziosi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 348653
  • - Research Article

The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas: A Volunteer-Based Distributional Survey

Heather R. Cunningham | Charles A. Davis | ... | Glenn D. Therres
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 710710
  • - Research Article

Reviving a Legacy Citizen Science Project to Illuminate Shifts in Bird Phenology

Jessica Zelt | Jason Courter | ... | Sam Droege
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 428752
  • - Research Article

An Evaluation of Ad Hoc Presence-Only Data in Explaining Patterns of Distribution: Cetacean Sightings from Whale-Watching Vessels

Louisa K. Higby | Richard Stafford | Chiara G. Bertulli
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 149026
  • - Research Article

Identifying Large- and Small-Scale Habitat Characteristics of Monarch Butterfly Migratory Roost Sites with Citizen Science Observations

Andrew K. Davis | Nathan P. Nibbelink | Elizabeth Howard
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 102350
  • - Research Article

From Citizen Science to Policy Development on the Coral Reefs of Jamaica

M. James C. Crabbe
International Journal of Zoology
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