Celebrating our most read articles … so far

Last week we celebrated our most cited articles since we first began publishing in February 2013, so this week we wanted to turn the spotlight on to our most highly read articles during that time.

We are proud that many of the articles published in PeerJ are already receiving huge global readership and getting picked up by the world’s leading press. Articles in PeerJ have been covered by such news outlets as ABC News, BBC News, CNN, Discovery News, Der Spiegel, Der Zeit, El Pais, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Nature, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Science, Scientific American, The Telegraph, TIME, Wired, and The Washington Post.

Take a look at our Top 15 most highly read articles (by views) since we began publishing in February 2013 (ranked in order of Most Read) – they certainly make for interesting reading and cover the full spectrum of science and medicine. Taken together these 15 articles have alone received 317,005 views to date, and been downloaded over 25,000 times. It perhaps comes as no surprise too that some of these articles also featured on our Top 15 Most Cited articles:

  1. Sizing ocean giants: patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna
  2. Honey bee sting pain index by body location
  3. Ontogeny in the tube-crested dinosaur Parasaurolophus (Hadrosauridae) and heterochrony in hadrosaurids
  4. A specimen-level phylogenetic analysis and taxonomic revision of Diplodocidae (Dinosauria, Sauropoda)
  5. Happy software developers solve problems better: psychological measurements in empirical software engineering
  6. Why sauropods had long necks; and why giraffes have short necks
  7. Data reuse and the open data citation advantage
  8. Significant changes in the skin microbiome mediated by the sport of roller derby
  9. scikit-image: image processing in Python
  10. Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) reassure others in distress
  11. You can’t teach speed: sprinters falsify the deliberate practice model of expertise
  12. PhyloSift: phylogenetic analysis of genomes and metagenomes
  13. Validation of the Emotiv EPOC® EEG gaming system for measuring research quality auditory ERPs
  14. Pain assessment in children undergoing venipuncture: the Wong–Baker faces scale versus skin conductance fluctuations
  15. The invasive New Guinea flatworm Platydemus manokwari in France, the first record for Europe: time for action is now

We believe an article is best judged on its own merits, so by offering article level metrics we want to make it as easy as possible for anyone to see the number of visitors, views and downloads an article has received. To see all of the coverage an article has received to date click on any of the Visitors, Views or Downloads links on the right hand navigation panel as shown below and you’ll see a full list of the venues that have mentioned the article.


It just remains for us to thank all of our authors – their articles are creating a big splash worldwide and we are thrilled they chose to publish their research in PeerJ. Without their hard work and dedication to their chosen field PeerJ wouldn’t be where it is today, and the world’s press would certainly have less science stories to tell.

If you’d like to join thousands of happy authors and ensure your research gets the global coverage it deserves why not submit your next article to PeerJ.


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1 Response

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    I love it that TWO of the top six most-read articles are about sauropods!