As we near the end of 2013, it’s time for us at Altmetric to reflect on another fascinating year of scholarly conversations. Last December, we put together a list of the top 10 most popular articles from 2012, which was also publicised by the Nature Newsblog. Throughout the year, we also presented our “High Five” series of posts, which summed up the 5 most popular articles at the end of each month. For this year’s final wrap up, we decided to do something a bit more ambitious, and created a special microsite to showcase the top 100 most popular articles.
The new and colourful microsite, which we’ve named the Altmetric 2013 Top 100, showcases the most popular research articles that were published in the past year. These 100 papers are the ones that became extremely popular, compared to the other articles in our database. Many of the papers received a huge amount of attention because they related to current events, reflected interesting scientific findings, and or were just plain quirky. (Do keep in mind that this top 100 list indicates which articles received the most buzz, but says nothing about the quality of the research.)
To build the site, we retrieved attention data for the papers from the Altmetric database (on 3 December 2013). We then listed the papers in descending order by Altmetric score. For each entry on the list, you can click to the paper itself and the associated Altmetric details page. We also organised the papers by theme (e.g., “The world we live in” and “Real-life science fiction”), institution, and country.
Our top 100 list in numbers
12 of the top 100 papers came from Harvard University.
13 out of the top 100 were published in PLOS ONE.
39 different journals published papers that made it to our top 100.
42 of the top 100 papers were published in open access journals.
43 of the top 100 papers were mentioned in the Altmetric blog this year.
5635.9 was the highest Altmetric score in our top 100 at the time of data collection.