Open Access: 2016’s most popular research

We’ve been crunching the numbers to reveal the ten most downloaded open access (OA) articles published in 2016. Read on to discover what new research has been most read across our 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 attention score.

1) Relationship between job satisfaction and organisational performance
Danica Bakotić

“The purpose of this study is to explore the link between job satisfaction and organisational performance and to determine if there is an empirically provable relationship between these two variables, and the direction and the intensity of this relationship. Empirical research was conducted on a research sample of 40 large- and medium-sized Croatian companies, with 5806 employees surveyed.”


Downloads: 9,512*
Journal: Economic Research-Ekonomska Istraživanja


2) The risks and benefits of sun exposure 2016
David G. Hoel, Marianne Berwick, Frank R. de Gruijl, Michael F. Holick

“Public health authorities in the United States are recommending that men, women and children reduce their exposure to sunlight, based on concerns that this exposure will promote skin cancer. On the other hand, data show that increasing numbers of Americans suffer from vitamin D deficiencies and serious health problems caused by insufficient sun exposure. The body of science concerning the benefits of moderate sun exposure is growing rapidly, and is causing a different perception of sun/UV as it relates to human health.”


Downloads: 7,210*
Journal: Dermato-Endocrinology


3) Oral Sex, Young People, and Gendered Narratives of Reciprocity
Ruth Lewis, Cicely Marston

“Young people in many countries report gender differences in giving and receiving oral sex, yet examination of young people’s own perspectives on gender dynamics in oral heterosex are relatively rare. We explored the constructs and discourses 16- to 18-year-old men and women in England used in their accounts of oral sex during in-depth interviews.”


Downloads: 6,770*
Journal: The Journal of Sex Research


4) The biological challenge of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: a solvable problem
Jonathan C.W. Edwards, Simon McGrath, Adrian Baldwin, Mark Livingstone, Andrew Kewley

“Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is comparable to multiple sclerosis, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis in prevalence (∼0.2% to 1%), long-term disability, and quality of life, yet the scale of biomedical research and funding has been pitifully limited.”


Downloads: 6,390*
Journal: Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior


5) Behaviour Centred Design: towards an applied science of behaviour change
Robert Aunger, Valerie Curtis

“Behaviour change has become a hot topic. We describe a new approach, Behaviour Centred Design (BCD), which encompasses a theory of change, a suite of behavioural determinants and a programme design process. The theory of change is generic, assuming that successful interventions must create a cascade of effects via environments, through brains, to behaviour and hence to the desired impact, such as improved health.”


Downloads: 6,240*
Journal: Health Psychology Review


6) Fertility awareness-based mobile application for contraception
Elina Berglund Scherwitzl, Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, Jonas A. Sellberg, Raoul Scherwitzl

“The aim of this study was to retrospectively evaluate the effectiveness of a fertility awareness-based method supported by a mobile-based application to prevent unwanted pregnancies as a method of natural birth control. In a retrospective analysis, the application’s efficiency as a contraceptive method was examined on data from 4054 women who used the application as contraception for a total of 2085 woman-years.”


Downloads: 6,245*
Journal: The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care


7) How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected
Thomas Rose, Trevor Sweeting

“After the Fukushima disaster, the authors analyzed all past core-melt accidents and estimated a failure rate of 1 per 3704 reactor years. This rate indicates that more than one such accident could occur somewhere in the world within the next decade. The authors also analyzed the role that learning from past accidents can play over time. This analysis showed few or no learning effects occurring, depending on the database used.”


Downloads: 5,929*
Journal: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


8) Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture: Language is literacy is language – Positioning speech-language pathology in education policy, practice, paradigms and polemics
Pamela C. Snow

“This paper is concerned with the fundamental and intrinsic links between early receptive and expressive oral language competence on the one hand and the transition to literacy in the early school years and achievement of academic (and life) success on the other. Consequently, it also concerns the professional knowledge base of two key disciplines whose work is central to children’s early language and literacy success: teachers and speech-language pathologists (SLPs).”


Downloads: 5,780*
Journal: International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology


9) Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making
Girija Kaimal, Kendra Ray, Juan Muniz

“This quasi-experimental study investigated the impact of visual art making on the cortisol levels of 39 healthy adults. Participants provided saliva samples to assess cortisol levels before and after 45 minutes of art making. Participants also provided written responses about the experience at the end of the session. Results indicate that art making resulted in statistically significant lowering of cortisol levels.”


Downloads: 5,588*
Journal: Art Therapy


10) The final checkpoint. Cancer as an adaptive evolutionary mechanism
Rumena Petkova, Stoyan Chakarov

“The mechanisms for identification of DNA damage and repair usually manage DNA damage very efficiently. If damaged cells manage to bypass the checkpoints where the integrity of the genome is assessed and the decisions whether to proceed with the cell cycle are made, they may evade the imperative to stop dividing and to die. As a result, cancer may develop.”


Downloads: 5,224*
Journal: Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment


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*All articles featured were published in 2016 volumes. All data is correct as of January 3, 2017.