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Are You Confused by Scientific Jargon? So Are Scientists – The New York Times

Scientific papers containing lots of specialized terminology are less likely to be cited by other researchers.

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Alejandro Martínez, an evolutionary biologist, and Stefano Mammola, an ecologist, both at the National Research Council in Pallanza, Italy, started by collecting scientific papers. Using the Web of Science, an online platform that allows subscribers to access databases of scholarly publications, they zeroed in on 21,486 manuscripts focused on cave research.
Cave science is a particularly jargon-heavy field, Dr. Martínez said. Thats because it attracts a diverse pool of researchers, each of whom…

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