The Gollum Effect: The Issue of Research Opportunity Guarding in Academia

  title={The Gollum Effect: The Issue of Research Opportunity Guarding in Academia},
  author={John Gould and Jose Valdez},
  booktitle={Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution},
Despite conservation research becoming increasingly more collaborative over the last decades (Wuchty et al., 2007; Adams, 2013), access to resources, such as species, study sites, and sometimes even research topics or entire fields remain restricted. This is partly caused by scientists who have become possessively attached and guard these aspects of their research; an issue we refer to as the Gollum effect, inspired by the character from Lord of the Rings. Researchers exposed to the Gollum… 
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