Homo naledi on Wellcome Trust 10 open access facts

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The Wellcome Trust blog has a post celebrating 10 years of the Trust’s mandatory open access publication policy, with 10 facts about the impact of its open access investment over the years: “10 years of Open Access at the Wellcome Trust in 10 numbers”.

Wellcome is one of the three key funders of the open access journal eLife, so our publication on Homo naledi made the list!

Wellcome Trust H. naledi cartoon
In September 2015 eLife – the open access journal supported by the Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Max Planck Society – published research about a previously-unknown species of extinct hominin. In the first two days following publication this article was viewed over 100,000 times.

Since those first two days, the readers have steadily increased. Over October between 500 and 1000 readers a day have found our description paper, Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa”, and to date more than 230,000 people have viewed it.

Additionally, more than 81,000 people have viewed our paper describing the geological context of the Dinaledi Chamber, “Geological and taphonomic context for the new hominin species Homo naledi from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa”, and Chris Stringer’s eLife commentary on the discovery, “The many mysteries of Homo naledi has been viewed more than 33,000 times.