Recent global shark movement paper published in Nature has reached highly cited status

10-Dec-2020 (written by Charlotte Birkmanis)

The recent Nature paper led by Nuno Queiroz and David Sims plus a team of co-authors including Dr Ana Sequeira is now in the top 1% of cited papers within the same field and publication year! The article Global spatial risk assessment of sharks under the footprint of fisheries, published as part of the Global Shark Movement Project, focused on providing a global estimate of overlap between sharks and commercial fisheries, and concluded that pelagic sharks have limited spatial refuge from fishing in the high seas. This study has had real world impact and was instrumental in listing shortfin mako sharks on the CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Appendix II.

The paper has garnered a lot of international attention, and has been accessed over 12,000 times, reported by 80 news outlets and shared over 1,400 times on Twitter. Altmetric scores, calculated on the amount of online attention an article receives, show that this paper is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric and ranked 13th out of 641 tracked articles of a similar age published in Nature. What a fantastic outcome for the large team involved in the development of this nice publication.


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