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Citizen science participation in research in the environmental sciences: key factors related to projects’ success and longevity

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Title
Citizen science participation in research in the environmental sciences: key factors related to projects’ success and longevity
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Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, June 2017
DOI 10.1590/0001-3765201720160548
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DAVI G.F. CUNHA, JONATAS F. MARQUES, JULIANA C. DE RESENDE, PATRÍCIA B. DE FALCO, CHRISLAINE M. DE SOUZA, STEVEN A. LOISELLE

Abstract

The potential impacts of citizen science initiatives are increasing across the globe, albeit in an imbalanced manner. In general, there is a strong element of trial and error in most projects, and the comparison of best practices and project structure between different initiatives remains difficult. In Brazil, the participation of volunteers in environmental research is limited. Identifying the factors related to citizen science projects' success and longevity within a global perspective can contribute for consolidating such practices in the country. In this study, we explore past and present projects, including a case study in Brazil, to identify the spatial and temporal trends of citizen science programs as well as their best practices and challenges. We performed a bibliographic search using Google Scholar and considered results from 2005-2014. Although these results are subjective due to the Google Scholar's algorithm and ranking criteria, we highlighted factors to compare projects across geographical and disciplinary areas and identified key matches between project proponents and participants, project goals and local priorities, participant profiles and engagement, scientific methods and funding. This approach is a useful starting point for future citizen science projects, allowing for a systematic analysis of potential inconsistencies and shortcomings in this emerging field.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 147 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 24 16%
Student > Master 24 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 21 14%
Student > Bachelor 16 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 6%
Other 31 21%
Unknown 22 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 30 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 27 18%
Social Sciences 16 11%
Engineering 7 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 4%
Other 28 19%
Unknown 33 22%