May 21, 2022

Altmetric Releases Annual List of the Most Discussed Articles (The 2016 Altmetric 100)

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Background and Fast Facts From an Introductory Blog Post

Research by sitting President Obama on US healthcare reform was not only the most widely discussed and shared academic paper of 2016, it has also resulted in the highest Altmetric Attention Score ever tracked.

The data for the list was collated on the 15th of November this year, and represents the most popular items published and shared since mid-November 2015.

Source: Altmetric/Figshare

Top 5 Articles: 2016 Altmetric 100 List

1. United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps
Altmetric Attention Score: 8063
Source: JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, July 2016
Author: President Barak Obama

2. Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US
Altmetric Attention Score: 4912 
Source: British Medical Journal, May 3, 2016
Authors: Martin A Makary , Michael Daniel

3. Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger
Altmetric Attention Score: 4660 
Source: Physical Review Letters, February 2016
Authors: B. P. Abbott, R. Abbott, et al.

4.  Evidence for a Distant Giant Planet in the Solar System
Altmetric Attention Score: 4329
Source: The Astronomical Journal, February 2016
Authors: Konstantin Batygin, Michael E. Brown, Batygin, Konstantin

5. Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents
Altmetric Attention Score: 4297
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, November 2016
Authors: Cristin E. Kearns, DDS, MBA; Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH; Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

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