Thanks for sharing your article Barrett. Your finding that SOIs are not
replacing illustrations in any great number is interesting. Tinbergen was
certainly right that much less descriptive work is done but I think there
are deeper reasons for that than just 'it's already been done'. So many of
today's ecological researchers are fearful of doing any descriptive because
of the perception that it is soft, or popular. In our tenure driven world
that's a big problem. I wonder if researchers in areas of science that
operate on the micro or macro level are more likely to use images now days
since technology has opened the door to all kinds of "new and exciting"
imagery. Hope that makes sense - just getting over the flu and still a
little dopey!


On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 8:20 PM, barrett klein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I thought some might be interested in a new paper Tom Seeley and I just
> published, investigating the use of visuals in animal behavior
> publications.  We found that images have precipitously declined over the
> course of behavior journals' histories--- I would argue to the detriment of
> the field.  I am excited about the potential this paper has to make fellow
> scientists reflect on the value of visuals to convey concepts and ideas in
> biology, as well as to inspire our audience.
> A link to the paper:
> The publication will appear in print in the May issue of Animal Behaviour.
> cheers,
> barrett
> barrett klein
> Department of Biology
> University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
> 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI
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