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Altmetric Top 100 2016

Cat Williams, 13th December 2016

It’s Top 100 time again! Every year we dig into the Altmetric database to identify the journal articles that have received the most attention online in the sources we track, and highlight them to showcase the online engagement surrounding research.

Access the 2016 Top 100

Some big key themes really stand out this year; the impact of technology on humanity, space discovery, and of course the huge impacts of the ZIKA virus all feature heavily. Studies in Medical and Health Sciences make up nearly half of the list, with issues relating to Research and Reproducibility also gaining a lot of interest:

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Listen to the Top 100 podcast!

For the first time ever we’ve also made a podcast to go along with the release of the list! Featuring interviews with the editors of NEJM and JAMA and discussions with authors of some of the top papers, the podcast offers a great insight into the research behind the papers and the attention that surrounds it.

Listen to the podcast


Digging in to the data

The data for the list was collated on the 15th of November this year, and represents the most popular items published and shared since mid-November 2015. Together, the papers that made the list have received:

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Featuring contributions from authors at top institutions around the world, many of the articles in the list were made available to a broader audience via Open Access licensing or limited time free-to-view options provided by the publishers:


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We’d love to hear about your thoughts about the list and your own favourite research of the year! Join the conversation on the hashtag #altmetrictop100 or tweet us @altmetric.

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