In rereading the paper on Pygmy height genetics, I noticed that PLoS had rolled out some nice new metrics. To my shock this paper, which I think is a moderately big deal, had less than 1,000 views, and only ~150 PDF downloands! This is going to change, but it still shocks me. With all due respect to my statistical geneticist friends, but this isn't an abstruse methods paper debuting a new technique! I decided to check on an older paper which has been rather influential, A Map of Recent Positive Selection in the Human Genome, from 2006. Here are the metrics:
Good? Bad? What do you think? Did you expect more downloads in the past 6 years?