May 24, 2022

Rankings: Altmetric Top 100 2017 Released, Dataset Also Available to Download

From the Altmeric Website:

Each year we look back through our database to see what research published in the past twelve months has caught the public eye. We track what people are saying about scholarly articles on social media networks, in the news, on blogs, Wikipedia and many other sources, then give each one a score – the Altmetric Attention Score.

In the past year, Altmetric has tracked over 18.5 million mentions of 2.2 million different research outputs.

About the List:

  • Three medical journals—The Lancet, the BMJ and JAMA—dominate the list, accounting for 22 articles.
  • 69 of the articles have at least one author from a US institution.
  • Harvard (11), Cambridge University (7) and University College London (6) are the institutions with the most papers on the list.
  • Nature is the journal with the most articles (16) in the list.
  • In 2017, 49% of the articles are free to read, up slightly from 47% last year.
  • 31% of the articles have Open Access licenses
  • Last year’s top paper was authored by Barack Obama. If we had dropped the requirement for articles in the list to be primarily research & peer reviewed then he would have been top this year too, with his opinion piece on climate change for the journal Science.

Direct to Altmetric 100 2017

Direct to Altmetric 100 Dataset (via Figshare)

See Also: What Outputs and Sources Does Altmetric Track?

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.