Do geographical biases exist in published conservation research?
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The monitoring and maintenance of global biodiversity is subject to extensive research. Biodiversity varies spatially and in many areas is under threat from a number of sources. To be effective, published conservation research ought to reflect actual patterns of biodiversity in addition to identified conservation needs. Growing evidence exists of geographic biases in conservation research, as discovered in recent studies of published journal outputs in the field of conservation biology. This study examines a corpus of published conservation research in six journals, examining for potential geographical biases including the institutions involved in the research, as well as the funding bodies. An examination of citations in addition to alternative metrics of research impact is made to investigate the geographical spread of contemporary conservation research.