Publication bias in waders

G H Thomas, Tamas Szekely, W J Sutherland

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Why are some waders better studied than others? We investigated the effects of life-history and ecological traits (population size, conservation status, body mass, wing length, breeding latitude, mating system, and migratory behaviour) on the number of publications in waders. A phylogenetic comparative approach is employed using an unpublished wader supertree. Overall, population size appears to be the most useful predictor of citation. The presence of publication bias may impact upon comparative and meta-analyses. The trend towards studies of taxa with large populations indicates that taxa at risk of local or global extinction may be understudied.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-223
Number of pages8
JournalWader Study Group Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003


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