In an age where we more than ever need to appreciate and preserve the magnificent biodiversity inhabiting the Earth, we decided to go for a lighter and fun take on the work of taxonomists that often goes unnoticed by the public.
From the ocean depths surrounding Indonesia to the foliage of the native forests of Príncipe Island, here come 16 species described as new to science in journals published by Pensoft.
Out of these most amazing creatures, who’s got the greatest fandom? We shall learn that with the #NewSpeciesShowdown!
Vote closes on Monday, 5 December @ 12:00 PM (UTC)
You can simply click on the embedded tweet to access the poll and vote.
Every Monday and Thursday, @Pensoft will be announcing a match between two competing species on Twitter using the hashtag #NewSpeciesShowdown, where you can vote in the poll for the tournament’s champion!
Right before we announce the next tie, we will let you know who won the previous competition and progresses to the next round. The champion will be announced in early January (we might give you some extra days to vote in the grand finale!)
This competition is for entertainment purposes only. As it was tremendously tough to narrow the list down to only sixteen species, we admit that we left out a lot of spectacular creatures.
To ensure fairness and transparency, we made the selection based on the yearly Altmetric data, which covers articles in our journals published from 2010 onwards and ranks the publications according to their online mentions from across the Web, including news media, blogs and social networks.
We did our best to diversify the list as much as possible in terms of taxonomic groups. However, due to the visual-centric nature of social media, we gave preference to immediately attractive species.
Winners so far
But why are we holding the tournament right now?
If you have gone to the Pensoft website at any point this year, visited our booth at a conference, or received a newsletter from any of our journals, by this time, you must be well aware that in 2022 – more precisely, towards the end of the year – we are turning 30. And we ain’t afraid to show it!
Indeed, 30 is not that big of a number, as many of us adult humans can confirm. Yet, we take pride in reminiscing about what we’ve done over the last three decades.
Long story short, we wanted to do something special and fun to wrap up our anniversary year. While we have been active in various areas, including development of publishing technology concerning open and FAIR access and linkage for research outcomes and underlying data; and multiple EU-supported scientific projects, we have always been associated with our biodiversity journal portfolio.