|Trends in aquatic science research: classification analysis of the ASFA database|
Emerson, C. (2000). Trends in aquatic science research: classification analysis of the ASFA database. IAMSLIC Proceedings 25: 97-103
In: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers. IAMSLIC: Imprint varies, more
The perception that a shift in research funding towards "Applied Science" has resulted in a decline of "Basic Science" was tested for aquatic research by analysing trends in the subject-category composition of ASFA over the last 24 years. It was found that the proportion of descriptive, basic research (e.g. Taxonomy) has indeed declined, and more applied research (e.g. Genetics) has increased. Nonetheless, there are several indications that Basic Science continues to be well funded, albeit indirectly through applied mega-research programmes.