Altmetric Top 100

The Altmetric Top 100 is an annual list of the research that most caught the public imagination.

  1. 2020 From Covid-19 to engineering the perfect espresso, controversial, important, and unusual research and scholarly editorials from across the sciences, arts, and humanities feature in this year's Altmetric Top 100 list. In order to better reflect the diversity of research and attention it receives, we moved away from a list ranked by overall Altmetric Attention Scores, to take into account disciplinary differences in how often research is shared online. We also report on research published between 1 January and 31 December 2020.

  2. 2019 2019’s most discussed research addressed artificial intelligence, the escalating global climate crisis, and timely political topics like prorogation of UK Parliament and fake news’ influence on US elections.

  3. 2018 This year’s Top 100 once again saw many papers related to diet and climate change, as well as a relatively new phenomenon: fake news.

  4. 2017 The most discussed research in 2017 speaks to the broader social zeitgeist, including gender stereotypes, stigmas around mental illness, robots taking our jobs, and the effects of climate change.

  5. 2016 In 2016, the impact of technology on humanity, space discovery, and the Zika virus were big themes in attention-getting research.

  6. 2015 In 2015, health and Anthropocene-related research were major themes to the Top 100.

  7. 2014 2014’s most discussed research included topics that dominated the mainstream media that year, including the Ebola virus and Stephen Hawking’s newest black hole theory.

  8. 2013 The most discussed research of 2013 included papers related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the effects of social media on wellbeing, and sleep science.