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In 2019, IBIS published 55 papers whose first author was an early career researcher (ECR). Thats around 65% of original papers we published last year.

Our IBIS Associate Editors nominated their favourite ECR papers of 2019, and the top four papers were selected for an open vote. Over 1,600 votes were cast, and the winner is . . .

Individual condition but not fledging phenology carries over to affect post-fledging survival in a Neotropical migratory songbird
Dean R. Evans, Keith A. Hobson, Jackson W. Kusack, Michael D. Cadman, C. Myles Falconer, Greg W. Mitchell

Our warm congratulations to Dean and his co-authors.

We’d also like to congratulate the other nominees for making it through to the final four selected for the public vote.

Wing-feather moult phenotypes differ between the preformative and prealternate episodes and along passerine phylogeny
Santi Guallar, Roger Jovani

Using nest captures and video cameras to estimate survival and abundance of breeding Piping Plovers Charadrius melodus
Kelsi L. Hunt, Daniel Gibson, Meryl J. Friedrich, Coral J. Huber, James D. Fraser, Sarah M. Karpanty, Daniel H. Catlin

Seasonal climatic niches diverge in migratory birds
Raquel Ponti, Angel Arcones, Xavier Ferrer, David R. Vieites