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1 Scientific journals: Choosing the right ones for you Today’s agenda: 1.Consider the range of journals in which SAFS faculty and students publish and which journals they need to look at. 2.How do we decide which journals to consult and what papers to read in the journals? 3.Look over the list and rate the journals as “not likely to read,” “might read if I had time,” and “most likely to read.” 4.Then choose a favorite journal, look at the table of contents, and pick a paper that most interests you. Choose wisely, and be prepared to tell us why that paper caught your eye. 5.Your new or revised question posed as a hypothesis.

2 Titles of scientific journals and articles: So many to choose from but no time to read them all. So, what are we looking for?

3 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences85 Transactions of the American Fisheries Society56 Fisheries Research38 ICES Journal of Marine Science32 Marine Ecology Progress Series31 Ecology23 Journal of Cetacean Research and Management23 Copeia21 Ecological Applications19 Fish and Fisheries 19 Journal of Fish Biology19 North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission Bulletin19 Fisheries Oceanography18 Fisheries18 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences18 Fishery Bulletin17 Marine and Freshwater Research17 North American Journal of Fisheries Management15 Conservation Biology14 Freshwater Biology14 Ecosystems13 Limnology and Oceanography13 Ecological Modeling12 Science12 Deep-Sea Research 11 Diseases of Aquatic Organisms11 Estuaries10 Journals in which SAFS faculty published in 2001–2011

4 Other journals in ecology, conservation, and aquatic systems Bulletin of Marine Science Journal of Shellfish Research Molecular Ecology Canadian Journal of Zoology Journal of Wildlife Management Marine Mammal Science Environmental Biology of Fishes Marine and Coastal Fisheries Science Oecologia Ecology of Freshwater Fish Evolutionary Applications Journal of Aquatic Animal Health Marine Biology Oikos Wildlife Society Bulletin Aquaculture Research Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Behaviour American Midland Naturalist Ichthyological Research Estuaries and Coasts Journal of Crustacean Biology J. of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Nature River Research Applications Aquaculture Ecological Research Heredity Journal of Fish Diseases Ambio Animal Behaviour Biological Invasions Crustaceana Endangered Species Research Environmental Science and Technology Fish Physiology Biochemistry Journal of Aquatic Animal Health Journal of Ichthyology Marine Ornithology Marine Pollution Bulletin

5 Class activity: Let’s look at the names of selected journals and indicate whether you would regard them as 1. “Likely to look at,” 2. “Might look at if I had time,” 3. “Not likely to look at.” Remember, we are all busy and no one can read everything, so be honest and admit that you’d skip some.

6 Class activity: Let’s now go on-line to the UW library, find a journal, open the table of contents, and look at it. We will use the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences as an example. It is perhaps the premier specialty journal in this field.

7 What next? The task now will be to choose one journal out of the long list we examined that interests you most. Think carefully—this is an important decision because a large part of the effort in this course will be devoted to an in-depth analysis of an article that you find in this journal. So, for Wednesday, go on-line, find a journal, read about it, skim some articles, and see if you still find it interesting.

8 Let’s turn now to your new or revised question, posed as a hypothesis: 1.What did you come up with? 2.In-class writing and peer editing.

9 1. Come to class prepared to present a short, ten- minute summary of what you intend to do for your individual research project. What is your question and how will you go about answering it? Your assignment for Wednesday is two-fold:

10 2. Choose a journal—look at recent (or long-past) issues, scan the titles, and pick a single article. This choice is very important. You will read that article closely, write about it, tease it apart, present it to the class in the form of a poster, and in other ways make it a focal part of your experience in this course. Come to class prepared to tell us a little about why you chose the article and what it is about. Please me a pdf copy of the paper, with your name as part of the file name. Assignment for Wednesday:


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