"Marine Biology faces a particular problem and opportunity. Marine ecosystems are connected by a continuous medium (water). That means that all organisms with a free swimming or planktonic life stage are essentially mobile throughout all seas. The biogeography of such organisms requires therefore information from an extraordinary large (circumglobal) area which makes the experimental approach to such information costly, and organisatorically demanding. However, the international marine research community in principal works globally. Samples as well as sample analysis and documentation are carried out with a reasonable good spatial coverage already for many groups of organisms.
Journal Article is sometimes called a Scientific Article, a Peer-Reviewed Article, or a Scholarly Research Article. Together, journal articles in a particular field are often referred to as The Literature.
Journal articles are most often Primary Research Articles. However, they can also be Review Articles. These types of articles have different aims and requirements. Sometimes, an article describes a new tool or method.
Because articles in scientific journals are specific, meticulously cited and peer-reviewed, journal databases are the best place to look for information on previous research on your species. Without a background in the field, journal articles may be hard to understand - however, you do not need to understand an entire article to be able to get valuable information from it.
Last date updated on July, 2014