Posted by: cjlortie | February 28, 2011

Insights into an Oikos paper

I would love for authors to post comments, photos, inspirations, and challenges associated with their papers here.

As a sample, I published this paper last year in Oikos ‘The small-scale spatiotemporal pattern of the seedbank and vegetation of a highly invasive weed, Centaurea solstitialis: strength in numbers’ in V119.  When prepping for the write-up, I came across these two papers which totally inspired me to rewrite the first draft in a totally different manner.  The first was ‘Beyond description: the active and effective way to infer processes from spatial patterns.’ published in Ecology and the second was ‘A conceptual framework for comparing species assemblages in native and exotic habitats.’ published in Oikos. These papers made me rethink how to handle paper and helped me realize that handled appropriately pattern data can be used not just for description but can speak to process as well if you are able to think through how patterns would manifest clearly from a set of a patterns.  I know this is obvious but it was a lightbulb moment for me.  Here are a few photos from the paper too.

cheers,
chris.

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