Temporal trends of scientific literature about zooplankton community

Carla Albuquerque Souza, Leonardo Fernandes Gomes, João Carlos Nabout, Luiz Felipe Machado Velho, Ludgero Cardoso Galli Vieira


Zooplankton plays a key role in aquatic food chains. In the present study we aimed to evaluate the trends of zooplankton studies in the scientific literature published between 1991 and 2015 and also to answer the following questions: (i) Has the number of studies increased? (ii) Which are the main countries and journals that publish papers about zooplankton? (iii) Is it possible to identify temporal trends? We used the ISI Web of Science database to find articles that had the word “zooplankton” or its groups (“copepods”, “cladocerans”, “rotifers”, “testate amoebae”) in their title, abstract or keywords. The number of zooplankton publications increased over the years, but, when we removed the effect of total publications, the number of publications on copepods decreased, while publications on testate amoebae increased. The country with the most published studies was the USA and the journal was the Hydrobiologia. The keywords formed four groups, evidencing a temporal change in the main interest of the studies on zooplankton community. The oldest articles showed the interest of researches in zooplankton species description. In subsequent years, the main concern was still species description, but also ecology and other aspects. Recently, studies concerned to environmental issues, preservation and sustainability became more frequent.

Keywords: systematic review, scientific interest, limnology, water, food chain.

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