At the JGR Space Physics homepage, there are several ways in which we promote papers. Here’s a snapshot of the website, as of this morning:
The most prominent way that we highlight papers is with the Image Carousel. I select 5 to 7 figures from papers published each month for eye-catching displays of the science that we do.
to the right of the Image Carousel is the current issue cover art. This is sometimes a figure, or composite of images, from a paper published that month, but more often these cover graphics are author-supplied enhanced artwork to their study. The one circled above was produced for a JAXA press release about this paper on Jupiter’s aurora. Some think this image looks like a Flutterbye Fairy but, hey, I’m okay with science having similarities to popular toys. Please keep submitting your author-supplied graphics for consideration as cover art, they are very impressive and I usually select one of those.
Just above the Image Carousel is a link called Highlights. Here are paragraphs describing an interesting science nugget from some of the papers in JGR Space Physics. Studies are selected for this page by reviewers or editors. Yes, reviewers, clicking that radio button indicating that a paper is worthy of a highlight will often get it promoted on the journal website with a highlight on this page. These paragraphs are written by freelance writers hired by AGU to help convert from the text we write in the editorial/review process into something that a broader audience might understand and find interesting. These people are often young scientists with a desire to promote space physics both within and beyond the research community. Note that if an article is lucky enough to get a Research Spotlight article in Eos, it will also have a highlight paragraph on this page.
Finally, there are the two tabs below the Image Carousel, Most Cited and Most Accessed. For both of these, you can filter these “top paper” lists over an interval back in time. For Most Cited, that interval range is years, for Most Accessed, the range is months. It’s a way for you to see what other people are reading.