Conservation Biology Awards

The editors of Conservation Biology are immensely proud to have the opportunity to help our authors revise and publish their outstanding research. Among the many excellent papers it is our privilege to publish, a few stand out for their quality and impact.

To recognize authors who made particularly noteworthy contributions to the journal and conservation science, each year the editors highlight the best student‐led papers published with the Rising Star Award (as judged by Conservation Biology’s associate and regional editors); the most cited papers; and the papers with the highest Altmetric scores, reflecting to some extent the broader impact of their work. 

Here are the awardees for 2018:

Rising Stars
Pamela Rueda-Cediel is the first place finisher in the Rising Stars category for her paper "Effects of uncertainty and variability on population declines and IUCN Red List classifications.

The first place paper in the Rising Star Category on the effects of uncertainty and variability on population declines and IUCN Red List classifications appeared in the August 2018 print issue of Conservation Biology.

Andy Stock and Deborah Fogell share second place for their papers "Uncertainty analysis and robust areas of high and low modeled human impact on the global oceans" and "Trade and conservation implications of new beak and feather disease virus detection in native and introduced parrots," respectively.

Most Cited Articles
The Most Cited Articles category covers articles published in 2016 with the highest number of citations in 2017 and 2018. Nathan James Bennett's paper "Using perceptions as evidence to improve conservation and environmental management" received the highest number of citatations. 

Nathan Bennett's paper on using perceptions as evidence to improve conservation and environmental management was the most cited paper in 2017 and 2018 and appeared in the June 2016 print issue of Conservation Biology

"A global assessment of the social and conservation outcomes of protected areas" by J. A. Oldekop et al. is the second most cited paper and "Adaptive introgression as a resource for management and genetic conservation in a changing climate"  by Jill A. Hamilton and Joshua M. Miller's is the third most cited paper in 2017-2018.

Highest Altmetric Scores
Highest Altmetric Scores covers articles published online in 2017 with the highest Altmetric score from publication date to 4 January 2019. "Using DNA barcoding to track seafood mislabeling in Los Angeles restaurants" by Demian A. Willette et al. achieved the highest altmetric scores over this period. 

The paper Using DNA bardcoding to track seafood mislabeling in Los Angeles by Demian A Willette et al appeared in the October 2017 issue of Conservation Biology and achieved the highest altmetrics score from date of publication in 2017 through 4 January 2019. 

The Steven J. Cooke et al. paper "Troubling issues at the frontier of animal tracking for conservation and management" scored the second and "Bias in protected‐area location and its effects on long‐term aspirations of biodiversity conventionsby Oscar Venter et al. achieved the third highest altmetric score. 

Congratulations to all of the authors who have been recognized for their noteworthy contributions! SCB members who subscribe to Conservation Biology may read each paper by logging in to their SCB member home page.