Skeptical Science consensus paper voted ERL's best article of 2013

Environmental Research Letters (ERL)have just announced that our paper, Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature, has been voted by the ERL editorial board as the best ERL article of 2013. This award came with a prize of $500 (which we'll use to pay the journal fees of future peer-reviewed papers by the Skeptical Science team).

Certificate from Environmental Research Letters awarding Cook et al as best ERL paper of 2013.

Our consensus paper was published in Environmental Research Letters in May last year. We'd like to express our appreciation especially to the readers of Skeptical Science who generously contributed towards the payment of the page charges ($1600 in 9 hours!), making it possible for ERL to distribute the paper free of charge.

Within 24 hours of publication, our paper was tweeted by President Obama's Twitter account and received mainstream media coverage in countries all over the world. The paper has been downloaded 161,443 times, making it the most downloaded paper in over 80 Institute of Physics journals (the second most downloaded paper has 105,275 downloads). The paper continues to be cited in a wide range of scholarly journals.

And while we're on the topic and I have your attention, now is a good time to reiterate that we have a wide range of infographics related to our consensus paper and the scientific consensus in general, that are free to be republished. Here are some samples:

Attack the scientific consensus

So again, thanks to Skeptical Science readers for making publication of our consensus paper possible, and helping make it freely available to the general public. Last but certainly not least: thanks also to Environmental Research Letters for their award.

Posted by John Cook on Monday, 21 April, 2014

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