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Category: High Five

This month, medical topics dominated our High Five list. Some papers that received the most attention came from the New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. PLOS ONE also captured public imagination with 2 curious and headline-grabbing articles. Here’s another monthly wrap-up of 5 of the most highly mentioned articles from the Altmetric database in November. Data are accurate as of 28 November 2013. Please note that the Altmetric scores shown here represent the amount of attention surrounding individual articles, and  don’t indicate the quality of the research. [altmetric doi=”10.1056/NEJMoa1307352″ float=”right”] “Association of Nut … Read More
Newsworthy papers dominated the High Five list for October. As usual, there was an emphasis on health-related matters, although a significant archaeological find and an interesting psychological study both captured public attention as well. Curiously, only 2 journals, Science and BMJ, captured all 5 top spots on this list. Here’s another monthly wrap-up of 5 new and popular articles picked from the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 4 November 2013.   [altmetric doi=”10.1126/science.1241224″ float=”right”] 1. Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain Published on 18 October in Science This paper quickly went viral after being … Read More
September was quite a bizarre month for scholarly conversations. Cognition, light sabres, monster volcanoes, and (ahem) men’s private parts were all discussion topics. Here’s another monthly wrap-up of 5 new and popular articles picked from the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 1 October 2013.   [altmetric doi=”10.1038/nature12512″ float=”right”] 1. Attractive photons in a quantum nonlinear medium Published on 25 September in Nature One Redditor declared that it was time to “[d]ust off your old Jedi costumes”, because researchers had created a new form of matter from photons. With the researchers themselves comparing this … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in August? This time, the papers were all about being human, and the things in our world (including Facebook and climate change!) that affect us. Here’s another monthly wrap-up of 5 new and popular articles picked from the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 31 August 2013.   [altmetric doi=”10.1371/journal.pone.0069841″ float=”right”] 1. Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults Published on 14 August 2013 in PLOS ONE This month, a new study that examined the influence of Facebook on “subjective well-being” (encompassing one’s mood and life … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in July?  Interestingly, most of the popular articles that I selected for the July High Five were actually published near the end of the month, and all of them were mentioned in several news outlets. The Interactions blog series returns (from a brief summer hiatus) with this monthly wrap-up of 5 new and popular articles picked from the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 1 August 2013.     [altmetric doi=”10.1126/science.1239073″ float=”right”] 1. Creating a False Memory in the Hippocampus Published on 26 July in Science This month, neuroscience researchers from MIT … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in June?  Here is another Interactions monthly wrap-up featuring a selection of 5 new and popular articles in the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 28 June 2013.   [altmetric doi=”10.1126/science.1238187″ float=”right”] 1. Direct Imaging of Covalent Bond Structure in Single-Molecule Chemical Reactions Published on 30 May 2013 in Science The incredible images featured in this Science article attracted a huge amount of online attention, instilling awe in both members of the public and scientists (see Altmetric details). The article described the first-ever visualisation of a molecule breaking … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in May?  While the field of stem cell biology saw a blockbuster paper appear this month, what really took centre stage was the scholarly publication, including its life cycle from peer review to post-publication assessment. Here is another Interactions monthly wrap-up featuring a selection of 5 new and popular articles in the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 29 May 2013.     [altmetric doi=”10.1017/S0140525X00011183″ float=”right”] 1. “Peer-review practices of psychological journals: The fate of published articles, submitted again” Published in June 1982 in Behavioral and Brain Sciences This … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in April?  In the past month, social media was abuzz with conversations about the life sciences, covering current trends as well as topics of a historical nature. Here is another Interactions monthly wrap-up featuring a selection of 5 new and popular articles in the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 30 April 2013.   [altmetric doi=”10.2183/pjab.89.157″ popover=”left” float=”right”] 1. “Internal radiocesium contamination of adults and children in Fukushima 7 to 20 months after the Fukushima NPP accident as measured by extensive whole-body-counter surveys” Published on 11 April in … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in March?  For once, non-health topics were more prominently featured – people talked about Facebook, mind melds, Sudoku, and climate science. Here is another Interactions monthly wrap-up featuring a selection of 5 new and popular articles in the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 27 March 2013.   2. Impact of insufficient sleep on total daily energy expenditure, food intake, and weight gainPublished on 11 March in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Health topics always seem to be popular on our High Five lists (see … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in February? Here’s a hint: they didn’t talk much about love, but they did speak about food, the heart, intellectual property, and some angry scientists. In no particular order, here is another Interactions monthly wrap-up post featuring a selection of 5 new and popular articles in the Altmetric database.   1. “Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity”Published on 31 January in the New England Journal of Medicine Amidst the outpouring of love (and grumpiness) elicited by Valentine’s Day, medical articles relating to obesity and cardiovascular disease were major topics … Read More