Paleontology, the study of life which existed prior to the Holocene Epoch, is a topic which fascinates both trained scientists and the general public. When paleontology researchers choose to publish their work under an open access license it reaches a particularly diverse audience, including students, citizen scientists and academics in remote but fossil rich locations. Therefore, we are pleased that leading paleontologists have chosen to publish some of their best work in PeerJ - by doing so their research can be freely read and re-used by anyone with an interest in this field.
This collection of articles represents some of the most noteworthy paleontology research which PeerJ has published from launch through Oct 20th 2014. To compile the list we asked some of our most active Academic Editors in this area (as noted here) to nominate articles which stood out to them. The result is a subjective snapshot of the best paleontology research appearing in PeerJ today. The authors of almost all of these articles also chose to make their peer-review history public, making them even more useful for the community.
If you would like to nominate a subject area for future PeerJ 'top' Collections, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us with the hashtag #peerjspotlight.
We thank our Academic Editors Hans Thewissen, Andy Farke and John Hutchinson for their invaluable input in compiling this list.
If you are a researcher working in this area, then we encourage you to submit your next articles to PeerJ.