Open Access: 2015’s newest and most downloaded articles

We’ve been crunching the numbers to reveal the ten most downloaded open access (OA) articles published in 2015. Read on to discover what new research has been most read across our OA (Open and Open Select) journals in the last year.

Interested in what media, blogs and social media mentions each article has received? Just hover over, or click on, the ‘donut’ to reveal each article’s Altmetric data.

1) Synchronizing education to adolescent biology: ‘let teens sleep, start school later’
Paul Kelley, Steven W. Lockley, Russell G. Foster, Jonathan Kelley

Should teens start school later? Do early starts have a negative or positive effect within education? This article explores these questions by using sleep medicine and circadian neuroscience research gathered over the past thirty years.

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Downloads: 11,337*
Journal: Learning, Media and Technology


2) Knowing and governing cities through urban indicators, city benchmarking and real-time dashboards
Rob Kitchin, Tracey P. Lauriault, Gavin McArdle

Indicator projects have become a major factor in governing cities. But how useful are these initiatives in producing efficient urban processes?


Downloads: 10,473*
Journal: Regional Studies, Regional Science


3) Steps to Strengthen Ethics in Organizations: Research Findings, Ethics Placebos, and What Works
Kenneth S. Pope

There is a need for stronger ethics within organizations of all shapes and sizes. But there are barriers that need to be overcome in order to have them. Pope reflects and reviews relevant research on how companies can improve their ethics codes.

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Downloads: 9,573*
Journal: Trauma & Dissociation


4) (-)-Oleocanthal rapidly and selectively induces cancer cell death via lysosomal membrane permeabilization
Onica LeGendre, Paul AS Breslin, David A Foster

(-)-Oleocanthal (OC) is a phenolic compound present in extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), which is often implicated in the health benefits associated with diets rich in extra virgin olive oil. This study investigates the effect of (-)-Oleocanthal on human cancer cell lines in culture.

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Downloads: 9,343*
Journal: Molecular & Cellular Oncology


5) Invasion Ecology: An International Perspective Centered in the Holarctic
Marlis R. Douglas, Yury V. Slynko, Yury Yu. Dgebuadze, Sergej Olenin, Borys Aleksandrov, Alexander Boltachev, Elena E. Slynko, Dima Khristenko, Dan Minchin, Dmitry F. Pavlov, Andrey N. Reshetnikov, Dmitry A. Vekhov, Christopher J. Ware, Michael E. Douglas

This engaging report provides a summary of the invasive species issues discussed at the Fourth International Symposium on “Alien Species in the Holartic”. Its international view gives an expansive window for fisheries-related topics.

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Downloads: 8,378*
Journal: Fisheries

A Novel Low-Density, High-Hardness, High-entropy Alloy with Close-packed Single-phase Nanocrystalline Structures
Khaled M. Youssef, Alexander J. Zaddach, Changning Niu, Douglas L. Irving, Carl C. Koch

Through mechanical alloying, a low-density, nanocrystalline high-entropy alloy was produced. The strength of this alloy is comparable to ceramics. In this paper, the authors report their results on the processing, structure, and mechanical hardness of a low-density high entropy alloy.

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Downloads: 7,533*
Journal: Materials Research Letters


7) Sidetracked by trolleys: Why sacrificial moral dilemmas tell us little (or nothing) about utilitarian judgment
Guy Kahane

A sacrificial dilemma is a decision where it is believed that it is necessary to sacrifice the life of one person in order to save others. But is this problematic to use as a basis for studying utilitarian judgement?


Downloads: 7,404*
Journal: Social Neuroscience


8) Supporting thinking on sample sizes for thematic analyses: a quantitative tool
Andrew J.B. Fugard, Henry W.W. Potts

Thematic analysis is frequently used to analyze qualitative data in psychology, healthcare, social research and beyond. But guidelines for this type of analysis are often varied. Introduced here is a tool to help users think about potentially useful sample sizes when investigating patterns across participants.


Downloads: 7,052*
Journal: International Journal of Social Research Methodology


9) Learning connected civics: Narratives, practices, infrastructures
Mizuko Ito, Elisabeth Soep, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, Arely Zimmerman

Connected civics is a new concept based on the significantly participative ways young people are engaging with new political forms. Drawing from interviews and case studies of youth affinity networks, this research offers a fresh look at the relationship between connected learning, cultural production, and participatory politics.


Downloads: 6,025*
Journal: Curriculum Inquiry


10) What makes an event a mega-event? Definitions and sizes
Martin Müller

What makes an event a ‘mega-event?’ Is there an ongoing pattern in what we see as large scale events? Calling an event a ‘mega-event’ often contains ambiguity, so developed here is an insightful definition and classification scheme.


Downloads: 6005*
Journal: Leisure Studies


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All articles featured were published in 2015. All data is correct as of 26/01/2016.