Behind the Paper Top Ten: 2019

Our most viewed Behind the Paper posts of 2019

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Happy New Year!

Let’s begin 2020 with a run-down of our Top Ten most viewed* Behind the Paper posts of 2019, book-ended by microbial life and dinosaur diversity! 

  1. Taking the top spot, Puri Lopez-Garcia shares her adventures studying the microbial life inhabiting the geothermal field of Dallol.  

  2. Same-sex sexual behaviour is the topic of our second most viewed post, contributed by Julia Monk.  

  3. Juliano Morimoto’s Behind the Paper describing how female promiscuity affects sexual selection is at no.3. 

  4. Studying over 1000 frogs to understand the evolution of parental care diversity is the subject of our fourth most viewed post, by Andrew Furness.      

  5. Patrick Savage’s post from May on the relationship between moralising gods and social complexity makes the top five. (also his second BTP this year).    

  6. Find out what a sunken whale carcass, a sunny patch in a dense forest, and your intestines at birth have in common in our sixth more viewed post, by John Guittar.   

  7. A post from April by Martin Kuhlwilm on the ghost ape in bonobos is at no.7. 

  8. Tom Booth’s post about the ancestry of British Neolithic populations is our eighth most viewed Behind the Paper of 2019.  

  9. In at no.9, Shiran Abadi explains why model selection may not be a mandatory step for phylogeny reconstruction.  

  10. And just making the Top Ten, Alfio Alessandro Chiarenza’s post on the diversity of dinosaurs before their extinction.   

Thanks to all our Behind the Paper contributors from 2019 (we published 224 posts) and congratulations to those that made our Top Ten. We look forward to many more electrical, optical, material, physical, etc. stories in 2020. 

If you would like to post a Behind the Paper and don't see the 'Contribute' option along the menu bar, then please get in touch with us and we can update your profile. 

We also happily welcome Behind the Papers from journals other than our own, like this one by Bo Wang on a paper he published in PNAS. 

*using Google Analytics. 

Poster image is from Puri Lopez-Garcia's Behind the Paper (no.1)

Ruth Milne

Past Springer Nature Staff Member, Springer Nature