11 Oct '17, 8am

The dark side of digitally tracking endangered species

The dark side of digitally tracking endangered species

Collectors scour scientific journals for descriptions of new species, which traditionally include their locations. Many new species have been poached within months of being described, which recently inspired David Lindenmayer and Ben Scheele of the Australian National University to write a strongly worded article in Science titled "Do not publish." Pointing out that academic journals are rapidly embracing online open-access publication, they called on their colleagues to "urgently unlearn parts of their centuries-old publishing culture and rethink the benefits of publishing location data and habitat descriptions for rare and endangered species so as to avoid unwittingly contributing to further species declines." In a reply titled "Publish openly but responsibly," another group of biologists implicitly accused Lindenmayer and Scheele of overreacting, saying that existing in...

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