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Top 10 open access articles in STM

Most-read so far in 2021 – the STM articles published open access by Taylor & Francis

In 2021, the world continues to benefit from widely available, peer-reviewed research published open access (OA).

As Covid-19 maintains its status as a global priority, what were the most-read science, technology, and medicine (STM) articles published OA by Taylor & Francis in the first half of 2021? The results may surprise you. With topics spanning across vaccine variations, dietary impacts on our immune system, and the biomechanics of running styles, see our full summary below.

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Top 10 open access articles in STM

1) Heterologous prime-boost: breaking the protective immune response bottleneck of COVID-19 vaccine candidates

Qian He, Qunying Mao, Chaoqiang An, Jialu Zhang, Fan Gao, Lianlian Bian, Changgui Li, Zhenglun Liang, Miao Xu, and Junzhi Wang

“The urgency for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine has led to a paradigm shift in process development, where many steps of vaccine development have been performed in parallel to save time. As a result, different types of COVID-19 vaccines emanating from multiple platforms and formulations have progressed rapidly to advanced stages of development […] This exploration meets emergency needs and may assist in the formulation of public health policies.”

Journal: Emerging Microbes & Infections

2) A Mediterranean diet and low-fat vegan diet to improve body weight and cardiometabolic risk factors: a randomized, cross-over trial

Neal D. Barnard, Jihad Alwarith, Emilie Rembert, Liz Brandon, Minh Nguyen, Andrea Georgen, Taylor Horne, Gabriel F. do Nascimento, Kundanika Lakkadi, Andrea Tura, Richard Holubkov, and Hana Kahleova

“Mediterranean and vegan diets are variations on a theme: one favors plant-based foods; the other consists of plant products exclusively. […] The present study directly compared a Mediterranean and a vegan diet for their effects on weight and cardiometabolic parameters, using a cross-over design.”

Journal: Journal of the American College of Nutrition

3) The Rapid Mood Screener (RMS): a novel and pragmatic screener for bipolar I disorder

Roger S. McIntyre, Mehul D. Patel, Prakash S. Masand, Amanda Harrington, Patrick Gillard, Susan L. McElroy, Kate Sullivan, C. Brendan Montano, T. Michelle Brown, Lauren Nelson, and Rakesh Jain

“Depressive episodes and symptoms of bipolar I disorder are commonly misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder (MDD) in primary care. The novel and pragmatic Rapid Mood Screener (RMS) was developed to screen for manic symptoms and bipolar I disorder features (e.g. age of depression onset) to address this unmet clinical need.”

Journal: Current Medical Research and Opinion

4) Antibodies to watch in 2021

Hélène Kaplon and Janice M. Reichert

“‘Antibodies to watch in 2021ʹ includes sections dedicated to discussion of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and other antibody therapeutics that were repurposed as treatments for COVID-19. We focus on those in late-stage studies and the antibody therapeutics under review or authorized for COVID-19 in the US or other countries.”

Journal: mAbs

5) COVID-19 evolution during the pandemic – Implications of new SARS-CoV-2 variants on disease control and public health policies

Cock van Oosterhout, Neil Hall, Hinh Ly, and Kevin M. Tyler

“In recent weeks, several new strains of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19, have emerged. These variants have evolved an increased transmission rate compared to the original strains, which makes controlling this virus even more challenging. What has happened, and how do we best respond now?”

Journal: Virulence

6) Testing mobile air purifiers in a school classroom: Reducing the airborne transmission risk for SARS-CoV-2

J. Curtius, M. Granzin, and J. Schrod

“Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through virus-containing aerosol particles has been established as an important pathway for Covid-19 infection. Suitable measures to prevent such infections are imperative […]. Here we tested the efficiency and practicability of operating four air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters in a high school classroom while regular classes were taking place.”

Journal: Aerosol Science and Technology

7) Limosilactobacillus fermentum JL-3 isolated from “Jiangshui” ameliorates hyperuricemia by degrading uric acid

Ying Wu, Ze Ye, Pengya Feng, Rong Li, Xiao Chen, Xiaozhu Tian, Rong Han, Apurva Kakade, Pu Liu, and Xiangkai Li

“Recent studies into the beneficial effects of fermented foods have shown that this class of foods are effective in managing hyperuricemia and gout. In this study, the uric acid (UA) degradation ability of Limosilactobacillus fermentum JL-3 strain, isolated from “Jiangshui” (a fermented Chinese food), was investigated.”

Journal: Gut Microbes

8) Are college campuses superspreaders? A data-driven modeling study

Hannah Lu, Cortney Weintz, Joseph Pace, Dhiraj Indana, Kevin Linka, and Ellen Kuhl

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present enormous challenges for colleges and universities and strategies for save reopening remain a topic of ongoing debate. Many institutions that reopened cautiously […] were soon declared as the new hotspots of the pandemic. However, the precise effects of college outbreaks on their immediate neighborhood remain largely unknown.”

Journal: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering

9) The biomechanics of running and running styles: a synthesis

Ben T. van Oeveren, Cornelis J. de Ruiter, Peter J. Beek, and Jaap H. van Dieën

“Running movements are parametrised using a wide variety of devices. Misleading interpretations can be avoided if the interdependencies and redundancies between biomechanical parameters are taken into account. In this synthetic review, commonly measured running parameters are discussed in relation to each other, culminating in a concise, yet comprehensive description of the full spectrum of running styles.”

Journal: Sports Biomechanics

10) COVID-19 and fast foods consumption: a review

Jalal Bohlouli, Amir Reza Moravejolahkami, Marjan Ganjali Dashti, Zakiyeh Balouch Zehi, Mohammad Ali Hojjati Kermani, Mohammad Borzoo-Isfahani, and Nimah Bahreini-Esfahani

“…inflammatory responses caused by COVID-19 may have long-term costs in survived individuals, leading to chronic disorders such as dementia and neurodegenerative disease through neuroinflammatory mechanisms that are related to an unhealthy diet. Therefore, now more than ever, wider access to healthy foods should be a main concern and individuals should be aware of healthy eating habits to reduce COVID-19 complications.”

Journal: International Journal of Food Properties

*Total number of article downloads, from online publication to 30 June 2021.