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Category: Interactions

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
Searching for great blogs When I was a grad student studying pharmacology, I started blogging about science. Later on, my interest in writing and reading research blogs drew me into the altmetrics world. Since joining Altmetric as the data curator and blog editor, I’ve written a lot about the impact of blogs. In contrast, the data curation side of my job involves manually collecting news and blog sources for Altmetric. We require manual curation to ensure that the sources in our database are of good quality and have reliable … 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
From left to right: Dr. Janet Kawchuk, Dr. Ann Hawkin, and Dr. Sarah Shea of the IWK Health Centre. They are standing with a painting of Winnie the Pooh, which hangs from the wall of Dr. Shea’s office. A few weeks ago, I was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic of the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre. I was here for a very special reason: to meet with a few people who, nearly 13 years ago, authored an essay that would later become the most popular scholarly paper to ever hit … 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
Part 1: Swearing for pain relief [altmetric doi=”10.1097/WNR.0b013e32832e64b1″ float=”right”] Have you ever blurted out a string of angry four-letter words in reaction to a painful injury? If so, what effect did uttering swear words have on your pain? In 2009, psychologists Richard Stephens, John Atkins, and Andrew Kingston of Keele University (Staffordshire, UK) published a quirky paper entitled “Swearing as a response to pain”. The paper, which appeared in NeuroReports, described an experiment in which 67 undergraduate students undertook the “cold pressor test” (it involves sticking one hand in cold water until the pain is … 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