Traveling to the ends of the earth in pursuit of biological quarry is not part of the job description for the average molecular biologist. But for anthropologist Don Melnick, going to work means trekking through the jungles of Southeast Asia for blood samples from the Javan silvery gibbon and other endangered animals. And the jobs of geneticist John Avise and biologist Brian Bowen entail long nights on tropical beaches waiting for nesting sea turtles.

The following are the top ecology journals in which scientists who use molecular techniques to study conservation biology publish, although such articles also appear in other types of publications. The journals are ranked according to their impact, which is calculated by dividing 1993 citations to a journal's 1991 and 1992 papers by the number of papers it published in this two-year period. Also shown are the journal's 13-year impacts, calculated by dividing the number of citations...

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