January 19, 2022

The Altmetric Top 100 – Five Years Of Insights

From an Altmetric Blog Post:

Since December 2013 we’ve tracked, collated, blogged and podcasted about the most talked about papers that have been published each year, giving a rundown of which topics caught the public’s imagination. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the insights and trends we’ve seen in Top 100 lists from 2013 to 2017, ahead of the release of the 2018 Top 100 next month.


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We also took a look at which journals featured most prominently in the Top 100 over the years. Nature took the top spot for the number of articles featured overall in the last five years of Top 100, with a whopping 72 papers! Science comes in second with a total of 50 articles, and next is PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) with 36 articles.


Is Top 100 research becoming more ‘open’ over time?

Many of us at Altmetric thought that the number of titles published open access would increase steadily over time, reflecting the increasing shift to OA publishing seen across the scholarly space. From what we have seen (and it’s sometimes a little tricky to tell when trying to identify OA versus ‘free to read’ on a publisher site) there has been no significant increase, with around 30 – 40 open access articles featuring in each year’s list.

MUCH MORE in the Complete Blog Post

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.