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dc.contributor.authorAndrew, Nigel R
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Maldwyn J
dc.contributor.authorSvejcar, Lauren
dc.contributor.authorPrendegast, Kit
dc.contributor.authorMata, Luis
dc.contributor.authorGibb, Heloise
dc.contributor.authorStone, Marisa J
dc.contributor.authorBarton, Philip S
dc.description.abstractResearch disciplines in science have historically developed in silos but are increasingly multidisciplinary. Here, we assessed how the insect ecology literature published in ecological and entomological journals has developed over the last 20 years and which topics have crossed discipline boundaries. We used structural topic modelling to assess research trends from 34 304 articles published in six ecology journals and six entomology journals between 2000 and 2020. We then identified and compared topics that emerged from the entire body of literature, or corpus, with topics that emerged from a subsection of articles that focused only on insects (insect corpus). We found that, within the entire corpus, topics on ‘Community ecology’, ‘Traits, life history & physiology’ and ‘Ecological methods & theory’ became more prevalent over time (hot topics), whereas ‘Population modelling’, ‘Insect development’, ‘Reproduction & ontogeny’ and ‘Plant growth’ declined in prevalence over the 20 years we surveyed (cold topics). In the insect corpus, we found that hot topics included ‘Thermal tolerance’ and ‘Disease vectors’, whereas cold topics included ‘Herbivore phenology’, ‘Insect-plant interactions’ and ‘Parasitoids and parasites’. ‘Landscape ecology’ was a growth topic area for both corpora. Our findings suggest that insect-related research is a major component of the broader ecological discipline, and there are topics in ecology where insect research aligns with general ecological trends. However, specific topics unique to the insect corpora – such as insect taxonomy – are fundamental to both insect and ecology research.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustral Ecologyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiological Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicineen_US
dc.titleWhat's hot and what's not - Identifying publication trends in insect ecologyen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articlesen_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationAndrew, NR; Evans, MJ; Svejcar, L; Prendegast, K; Mata, L; Gibb, H; Stone, MJ; Barton, PS, What's hot and what's not - Identifying publication trends in insect ecology, Austral Ecology, 2021en_US
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gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered as an advanced online version in Griffith Research Online.en_US
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gro.griffith.authorStone, Marisa J.

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