The GBIF Science Review provides an annual snapshot of key research uses drawn from the Secretariat’s literature tracking programme. The peer-reviewed articles summarized in Review offer a partial but instructive view of the wide range of research investigations that are enhanced and supported by free and open access to biodiversity data from the GBIF network of Participants, nodes and publishers.
Science Review 2021
Enclosed you’ll find summaries for 53 peer-reviewed articles published in 2020 that made substantive use of data from the GBIF network. These cross-disciplinary exemplars are only a fraction of the year’s nearly 1,000 such papers. Together they represent “the promising directions” highlighted by GBIF governing board chair Tanya Abrahamse in February 2021, upon publication of Mason Heberling’s review in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences analysing more than 4,000 GBIF-enabled peer-reviewed articles.
The Science Review also introduces a feature section, this time focused on marine research, which cuts across several topics while highlighting our partnership with OBIS, the Ocean Biodiversity Information System. As always, we encourage you to visit GBIF.org, where you can keep track of the latest finds from our literature tracking programme.