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Highly cited papers

Here we present three lists of recent publications by the Bristol Paleobiology Research Group, the Science Citation Index 'highly cited papers', the Faculty of 1000 list, and some 'highly cited' papers identified from the journal Molecular Biology & Evolution. All three lists claim to be methods of identifying influential papers, and especially those that are a hit quite early in the cycle.


SCI Highly Cited Papers

Several recent papers by members of the Bristol Palaeobiology Group have been designated as 'Highly cited papers' by the Science Citation Index. These are determined according to the rate of citation, rather than the ultimate total of citations over many years - full details of the methodology for the identification of 'highly cited papers' are given here.

  1. Benton, M.J. 2009. The Red Queen and the Court Jester: species diversity and the role of biotic and abiotic factors through time. Science 323, 728-732 (doi: 10.1126/science.1157719).
  2. Benton, M.J. and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2007. Palaeontological evidence to date the tree of life. Molecular Biology and Evolution 24, 26-53. [Also designated as an 'MBE citation classic' in January 2013.]
  3. Benton, M.J. and Newell, A.J. 2014. Impacts of global warming on Permo-Triassic terrestrial ecosystems. Gondwana Research 25, 1308-1337 (doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2012.12.010).
  4. Chen, Z.Q. and Benton, M.J. 2012. The timing and pattern of biotic recovery following the end-Permian mass extinction. Nature Geoscience 5, 375-383 (doi: 10.1038/ngeo1475).
  5. Clarke, J.T., Warnock, R.C.M., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2011. Establishing a time-scale for plant evolution. New Phytologist 192, 266-301 (doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03794.x).
  6. Donoghue, P.C.J. and Rücklin, M. 2016. The ins and outs of the evolutionary origin of teeth. Evolution & Development 18, 19-30 (doi: 10.1111/ede.12099).
  7. dos Reis, M., Inoue, J., Hasegawa, M., Asher, R.J., Donoghue, P.C.J., Yang, Z. 2012. Phylogenomic datasets provide both precision and accuracy in estimating the timescale of placental mammal phylogeny. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 279, 3491-3500 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.0683).
  8. Erwin, D.H., Laflamme, M., Tweedt, S.M., Sperling, E.A., Pisani, D., and Peterson, K.J. 2011. The Cambrian conundrum: early divergence and later ecological success in the early history of animals. Science 334, 1091-1097 (doi: 10.1126/science.1206375).
  9. Field, D.J., Gauthier, J.A., King, B.L., Pisani, D., Lyson, T.R., and Peterson, K.J. 2014. Toward consilience in reptile phylogeny: miRNAs support an archosaur, not lepidosaur, affinity for turtles. Evolution and Development 16, 189-196 (doi: 10.1111/ede.12081).
  10. Hönisch, B., Ridgwell, A., Schmidt, D.N., Thomas, E., Gibbs, S.J., Sluijs, A., Zeebe, R.E., Kump, L.R., Martindale, R.C., Greene, S.E., Kiessling, W., Ries, J.B., Zachos, J.C., Royer, D.L., Barker, S., Marchitto, T.M.J., Moyer, R.P., Pelejero, C., Ziveri, P., Foster, G., Williams, B., 2012. The geological record of ocean acidification. Science 335, 1058-1063 (doi: 10.1126/science.1208277).
  11. Martínez-Botí, M.A., Foster, G.L., Chalk, T.B., Rohling, E.J., Sexton, P.F., Lunt, D.J., Pancost, R.D., Badger, M.P.S., and Schmidt, D.N. 2015. Plio-Pleistocene climate sensitivity evaluated using high-resolution CO2 records. Nature 518, 49-54 (doi: 10.1038/nature14145).
  12. Orlando, L., Ginolhac, A., Zhang, G., Froese, D., Albrechtsen, A., Stiller, M., Schubert, M., Cappellini, E., Petersen, B., Moltke, I., Johnson, P.L.F., Fumagalli, M., Vilstrup, J.T., Raghavan, M., Korneliussen, T., Malaspinas, A.-S., Vogt, J., Szklarczyk, D., Kelstrup, C.D., Vinther, J., Dolocan, A., Stenderup, J., Velazquez, A.M.V., Cahill, J., Rasmussen, M., Wang, X., Min, J, Zazula, G.D., Seguin-Orlando, A., Mortensen, C., Magnussen, K., Thompson, J.F., Weinstock, J., Gregersen, K., Roed, K.H., Eisenmann, V., Rubin, C.J., Miller, D.C., Antczak, D.F., Bertelsen, M.F., Brunak, S., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Ryder, O., Andersson, L., Mundy, J., Krogh, A., Gilbert, M.T.P., Kjaer, K., Sicheritz-Ponten, T., Jensen, L.J., Olsen, J.V., Hofreiter, M., Nielsen, R., Shapiro, B., Wang, J., and Willerslev, E. 2013. Recalibrating Equus evolution using the genome sequence of an early Middle Pleistocene horse. Nature 499, 74-78 (doi: 10.1038/nature12323).
  13. Parham, J.F., Donoghue, P.C.J., Bell, C.J., Calway, T.D., Head, J.J., Holroyd, P.A., Inoue, J.G., Irmis, R.B., Joyce, W.G., Ksepka, D.T., Patané, J.S.L., Smith, N.D., Tarver, J.E., Van Tuinen, M., Yang, Z., Angielczyk, K.D., Greenwood, J.M., Hipsley, C.A., Jacobs, L., Makovicky, P.J., Müller, J., Smith, K.T., Theodor, J.M., Warnock, R.C.M., and Benton, M.J. 2012. Best practices for justifying fossil calibrations. Systematic Biology 61, 346-359 (doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syr107).
  14. Rota-Stabelli, O., Campbell, L., Brinkmann, H., Edgecombe, G.D., Longhorn, S.J., Peterson, K.J., Pisani, D., Philippe, H., and Telford, M.J. 2011. A congruent solution to arthropod phylogeny: phylogenomics, microRNAs and morphology support monophyletic Mandibulata. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 278, 298-306 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0590).
  15. Rota-Stabelli, O., Daley, A.C. and Pisani, D. 2013. Molecular timetrees reveal a Cambrian colonisation of land and a new scenario for ecdysozoan evolution. Current Biology 23, 1-7 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.01.026).
  16. Seki, O., Foster, G.L., Schmidt, D.N., Mackensen, A., Kawamura, K. and Pancost, R.D. 2010. Alkenone and boron-based Pliocene pCO2 records. Earth & Planetary Science Letters 292, 201-211 (doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.01.037).
  17. Taylor, R.S., Tarver, J.E., Hiscock, S.J., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2014. Evolutionary history of plant microRNAs. Trends in Plant Sciences 19, 175-182 (doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2013.11.008).
  18. Warnock, R.C.M., Parham, J.F., Joyce, W.G., Lyson, T.R. and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2015. Calibration uncertainty in molecular dating analyses: there is no substitute for the prior evaluation of time priors. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282, 20141013 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1013) [ESI Hot paper].

Altmetric Top 100

Altmetric rates the amount of immediate attention a paper gets through press reporting, blogs, tweets, and other mentions. Bristol palaeontology papers rate in the top 100 most discussed of all scientific publications from time to time.

Top papers for 2016: Details

No. 50. Altmetric score - 1995. Sakamoto, M., Benton, M.J., and Venditti, C. 2016. Dinosaurs in decline tens of millions of years before their final extinction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 113, 5036-5040 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1521478113).
No. 58. Altmetric score - 1901. Clements, T., Dolocan, A., Martin, P., Purnell, M.A., Vinther, J., and Gabbott, S.E. 2016. The eyes of Tullimonstrum reveal a vertebrate affinity. Nature 532, 500-503 (doi: 10.1038/nature17647).

Top papers for 2014: Details

No. 88. Altmetric score - 774. Ibrahim, N., Sereno, P.C., Dal Sasso, C., Maganuco, S., Fabbri, M., Martill, D.M., Zouhri, S., Myhrvold, N., and Iurino, D.A. 2014. Semiaquatic adaptations in a giant predatory dinosaur. Science 345, 1613-1616 (doi: 10.1126/science.1258750).


Faculty of 1000 papers

The Faculty of 1000 actually comprises 5000 members - senior scientists and leading experts in all areas of biology and medicine - plus their associates. The Faculty recommends the most important articles, rating them and providing short explanations for their selections. Read more about their methodology here. These articles reflect a biological and molecular focus, and so exclude more purely palaeontological contributions.

  1. 1* Dong XP, Donoghue PC, Cunningham JA, Liu JB, Cheng H (2005). The anatomy, affinity, and phylogenetic significance of Markuelia. Evol Dev. 2005 Sep Oct; 7(5):468-82
  2. 2* Dong XP, Donoghue PC, Cheng H, Liu JB (2004) Fossil embryos from the Middle and Late Cambrian period of Hunan, south China. Nature. 2004 Jan 15; 427(6971):237-40
  3. 5* Donoghue PC, Bengtson S, Dong XP, Gostling NJ, Huldtgren T, Cunningham JA, Yin C, Yue Z, Peng F, Stampanoni M. (2006) Synchrotron X-ray tomographic microscopy of fossil embryos. Nature. Aug 10; 442(7103):680-3
  4. 2* dos Reis M, Donoghue PC, Yang Z (2014) Neither phylogenomic nor palaeontological data support a Palaeogene origin of placental mammals. Biol Lett. 2014 Jan 1; 10(1):20131003
  5. 1* Dos Reis M, Inoue J, Hasegawa M, Asher RJ, Donoghue PC, Yang Z. (2012) Phylogenomic datasets provide both precision and accuracy in estimating the timescale of placental mammal phylogeny. Proc R Soc B. 2012 May 23
  6. 2* Erwin DH, Laflamme M, Tweedt SM, Sperling EA, Pisani D, Peterson KJ. (2011) The Cambrian conundrum: early divergence and later ecological success in the early history of animals. Science Nov 25; 334(6059):1091-7
  7. Gill PG, Purnell MA, Crumpton N, Brown KR, Gostling NJ, Stampanoni M, Rayfield EJ. Dietary specialisations and diversity in feeding ecology of the earliest stem mammals. Nature. 2014 Aug 21;512(7514):303-5
  8. Godefroit, P., Sinitsa, S.M., Dhouailly, D., Bolotsky, Y.L., Sizov, A.V., McNamara, M.E., Benton, M.J., and Spagna, P.A 2014. Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales. Science 345, 451-455.
  9. 4* Hagadorn JW, Xiao S, Donoghue PC, Bengtson S, Gostling NJ, Pawlowska M, Raff EC, Raff RA, Turner FR, Chongyu Y, Zhou C, Yuan X, McFeely MB, Stampanoni M, Nealson KH (2006) Cellular and subcellular structure of neoproterozoic animal embryos. Science. 2006 10 13; 314(5797):291-4
  10. 1* Heimberg AM, Sempere LF, Moy VN, Donoghue PC, Peterson KJ (2008) MicroRNAs and the advent of vertebrate morphological complexity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Feb 26; 105(8):2946-50
  11. 1* Li Q, Gao KQ, Vinther J, Shawkey MD, Clarke JA, D'Alba L, Meng Q, Briggs DE, Prum RO. (2010) Plumage color patterns of an extinct dinosaur. Science. Mar 12; 327(5971):1369-72
  12. 2* Pisani D, Cotton JA, McInerney JO. (2007) Supertrees disentangle the chimerical origin of eukaryotic genomes. Mol Biol Evol. Aug; 24(8):1752-60
  13. 1* Sahney S, Benton MJ (2008) Recovery from the most profound mass extinction of all time. Proc R. Soc B. 2008 Apr 7; 275(1636):759-65
  14. 1* Smith AB, Pisani D, Mackenzie-Dodds JA, Stockley B, Webster BL, Littlewood DT (2006) Testing the molecular clock: molecular and paleontological estimates of divergence times in the Echinoidea (Echinodermata). Mol Biol Evol. 2006 Oct; 23(10):1832-51
  15. 1* Van Roy P, Orr PJ, Botting JP, Muir LA, Vinther J, Lefebvre B, el Hariri K, Briggs DE. 2010. Ordovician faunas of Burgess Shale type. Nature. May 13; 465(7295):215-8

Highly cited 'classics' from Molecular Biology and Evolution

  1. Benton, M.J. and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2007. Palaeontological evidence to date the tree of life. Molecular Biology and Evolution 24, 26-53. [Designated as an 'MBE citation classic' in January 2013.]
  2. Sperling, E.A., Peterson, K.J., and Pisani, D. 2009. Phylogenetic-signal dissection of nuclear housekeeping genes supports the paraphyly of sponges and the monophyly of Eumetazoa. Molecular Biology and Evolution 26, 2261-2274. [Designated as an 'MBE citation classic' in January 2014.]

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