Corals and coral reefs host great biological diversity, they are early indicators of environmental change, and they are increasingly under threat. Therefore, we are pleased that leading coral researchers 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 10 articles represents some of the most noteworthy coral research which PeerJ has published from launch through 15th September 2014. To compile the list we asked our 5 most prolific 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 coral research appearing in PeerJ today. The authors of every single one of these articles also chose to make their peer-review history public, making them even more useful for the community.
This Collection will remain live for 4 months, after which time we will have new papers to highlight in a new collection. If you would like to nominate a subject area for future PeerJ 'Top 10' Collections, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us with the hashtag #peerjspotlight.
We thank our Academic Editors John Bruno, Alex Ford, Monica Medina, Pei-Yuan Qian and Robert Toonen 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.