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The 2013 Top 100 List

Jean Liu, 10th December 2013

Icinghower 100As 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.

Top 100 list - screenshot

A screenshot of our new microsite, the Altmetric 2013 Top 100

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.

16 Responses to “The 2013 Top 100 List”

Keita Bando (@KeitaBando)
December 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

it’s time for us at Altmetric to reflect on another fascinating year of scholarly conversations. http://t.co/tECSjV4CZx #altmetrics

@scholarlykitchn
December 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

@sneuperdokkum @altmetric Also, looks like they posted it to their blog on December 10: http://t.co/ZLk9tJ0oc6

[…] the most online attention based on their Altmetric score. For more details behind the list, see this blog post. Nature Chemistry managed to get a whopping zero papers in this top 100, so I figured I’d […]

Altmetric (@altmetric)
December 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

Which papers caught the public imagination in 2013? Check out the blog http://t.co/am2skBn5cl & top 100 http://t.co/NEh4uQGdm8 #altmetrics

@moorejh
December 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

MT @altmetric: Which papers caught the public imagination in 2013? blog http://t.co/nz88v5tnw1 & top 100 http://t.co/fkZeR8BrrA #altmetrics

@bodyhacker
December 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

解説はこちら
http://t.co/sl6OvHndd1

@dominiquebabini
December 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

@altmetric do you know which percentage of the 100 published in non-APC journals? http://t.co/KSsGpSpk37

Kevin Read (@ReadKev)
December 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

#Altmetric Most popular: 2013 Top 100 List http://t.co/D6LkHt1twR

@projects
December 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

Which papers caught the public imagination in 2013? Check out the @altmetric blog http://t.co/vBKSGBNuVA & top 100 http://t.co/W9XtB3n63S

@TheMooreLab
December 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

Interesting to see what the public interested in. http://t.co/Pvc3si0SB6

@mhdiaz
December 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

@altmetric The 2013 Top 100 List http://t.co/PthNavZs3F

@dejdream
December 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

Check out @altmetric's top research papers of 2013 - @bmj_latest at 7, 71 & 100 http://t.co/gxWfJ73EGS & top 100 http://t.co/883aupcHGJ

[…] with focus on social media. This week, Almetric posted 2013 Top 100 most popular scientific papers, measured by mentions in social and professional media. Two stem cell papers made into this list: 1. #18 Cerebral […]

@ScholarlyComm
December 18, 2013 at 12:00 am

What were the most popular science articles of 2013? See @altmetric's rundown of the top 100: http://t.co/iCSsJCBLkO.

@BMCMedicine
December 28, 2013 at 12:00 am

2 of our articles made Altmetric's top 100 of 2013: http://t.co/0xxHfBXeek

Our top Altmetric scores listed here: http://t.co/0N9N5ZDQeJ

[…] papers. This only shows how bad we all are in communicating our findings to the public. Starting from 2013, Altmetric began publishing the 100 papers that received the top […]

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