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Open access: 2017’s most popular research

We’ve been crunching the numbers to reveal the ten most read open access articles published in 2017. Read on to discover what new research was most downloaded across our Open and Open Select journals 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) A Nuclear Jet at Chernobyl Around 21:23:45 UTC on April 25, 1986
Lars-Erik De Geer, Christer Persson & Henning Rodhe

“The nature of two explosions that were witnessed within 3 seconds at the Chernobyl-4 reactor less than a minute after 21:23:00 UTC on April 25, 1986, have since then been the subject of sprawling interpretations. This paper renders the following hypothesis. The first explosion consisted of thermal neutron mediated nuclear explosions in one or rather a few fuel channels, which caused a jet of debris that reached an altitude of some 2500 to 3000 metres. The second explosion would then have been the steam explosion most experts believe was the first one.”

Downloads: 53,204*
Journal: Nuclear Technology

 

2) Effective Headlines of Newspaper Articles in a Digital Environment
Jeffrey Kuiken, Anne Schuth, Martijn Spitters & Maarten Marx

“For news read on the internet, the headline of a news article has obtained a new function. Nowadays, a headline is often the primary way of getting a potential reader interested in an article. This has led to something known as clickbait. Clickbait can be seen as a specific style of writing, aiming at inducing the curiosity of the reader and to lure that reader into clicking and opening the article.”

Downloads: 46,144*
Journal: Digital Journalism

 

3) The Dinosaurian Ichnofauna of the Lower Cretaceous (Valanginian–Barremian) Broome Sandstone of the Walmadany Area (James Price Point), Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia
Steven W. Salisbury, Anthony Romilio, Matthew C. Herne, Ryan T. Tucker & Jay P. Nair

“The overall diversity of the dinosaurian ichnofauna of the Broome Sandstone in the Yanijarri–Lurujarri section of the Dampier Peninsula is unparalleled in Australia, and even globally. In addition to being the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half of Australia, this ichnofauna provides our only detailed glimpse of Australia’s dinosaurian fauna during the first half of the Early Cretaceous.”

Downloads: 27,291*
Journal: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

 

4) Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: lessons learned from success in Thailand
Usa Thisyakorn

“In this narrative review, the key historic evolutions of the science and policy of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Thailand that addressed the four prongs of the recommended WHO PMTCT strategy are described, and the lessons learned are discussed.”

Downloads: 22,385*
Journal: Paediatrics and International Child Health

 

5) Practically Engaged: The entanglements between data journalism and civic tech
Stefan Baack

“This article explores the entanglements between data journalists and civic technologists. Following an approach inspired by practice theory, it describes how they form a community that comes together through interlocking practices and complementary values and ambitions.”

Downloads: 16,337*
Journal: Digital Journalism

 

6) Active-duty military service members’ visual representations of PTSD and TBI in masks
Melissa S. Walker, Girija Kaimal, Adele M. L. Gonzaga, Katherine A. Myers-Coffman & Thomas J. DeGraba

“Active-duty military service members have a significant risk of sustaining physical and psychological trauma resulting in traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Within an interdisciplinary treatment approach at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, service members participated in mask making during art therapy sessions.”

Downloads: 13,049*
Journal: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being

 

7) Data organization in spreadsheets
Karl W. Broman & Kara H. Woo

“Spreadsheets are widely used software tools for data entry, storage, analysis, and visualization. Focusing on the data entry and storage aspects, this paper offers practical recommendations for organizing spreadsheet data to reduce errors and ease later analyses.”

Downloads: 11,831*
Journal: The American Statistician

 

8) Travelling together alone and alone together: mobility and potential exposure to diversity
Marco te Brömmelstroet, Anna Nikolaeva, Meredith Glaser, Morten Skou Nicolaisen & Carmen Chan

“In this paper, we develop an analytical framework that offers a comprehensive understanding on if and how one’s experiences of being on the move influence the ability of an individual to develop a sense of connectedness. We develop hypotheses about these possible relations, that link literatures from mobilities research and sociology to advance transport planning research and practice.”

Downloads: 11,303*
Journal: Applied Mobilities

 

9) Corporate social responsibility and financial performance relationship: a review of measurement approaches
Adriana Galant & Simon Cadez

“The relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate financial performance (CFP) has been subject to extensive empirical enquiry. Yet the body of evidence that has accumulated about the nature of the relationship is equivocal. A commonly identified reason for the diverse and contradictory results is measurement issues pertaining to both concepts of interest. This article aims to review alternative operationalizations and measurement approaches for the CSR and CFP concepts that have been deployed in empirical literature concerned with the CSR–CFP relationship.”

Downloads: 9,918*
Journal: Economic Research-Ekonomska Istraživanja

 

10) How food companies influence evidence and opinion – straight from the horse’s mouth
Gary Sacks, Boyd A. Swinburn, Adrian J. Cameron & Gary Ruskin

“The tactics used by the food industry to influence public policy have been well documented, but there is little direct evidence of the rationale behind food industry actions and their level of support from within individual companies. This paper provides an analysis of an email exchange (from 2015) between former senior executives of Coca-Cola to gain insider insight into ways in which the food industry seeks to influence policy-makers as well as scientific evidence and opinion with respect to nutrition and non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention.”

Downloads: 9,732*
Journal: Critical Public Health

 

*All articles featured were published online during 2017. All data is correct as of December 31, 2017.


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