I’m Hari Sridhar, a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Since early 2016, I have been interviewing authors of well-known papers in ecology and evolution, to find out about: 1. the making of the paper 2. the impact the paper had on the author’s career and research and 3. the author’s current stand on what was said in the paper. The idea is to construct, what one might call, ‘shadow papers’, which capture the past and future of the original published articles.