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Top 10 open access articles published in 2020 revealed

Mental health, sexual wellbeing, and a secret European intelligence operation join COVID-19 in last year’s top 10 most-read

More and more researchers are deciding to choose open access. 2020 was the biggest and arguably most important year yet for OA, as the world benefitted from more widely available, peer-reviewed knowledge.

But what were the top 10 most-read OA articles published with Taylor & Francis from last year, and how much impact did they have online and through the media?

Read on for the full rundown, including discussions around mental health and meat intake, and an exploration of penis size perceptions and the need for counseling. All alongside many angles on the implications of COVID-19, such as tourism and conspiracy theories.

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Top 10 open access articles published in 2020

1) Pandemics, tourism and global change: a rapid assessment of COVID-19

COVID travelStefan Gössling, Daniel Scott & C. Michael Hall

“The paper compares the impacts of COVID-19 to previous epidemic/pandemics and other types of global crises and explores how the pandemic may change society, the economy, and tourism. It discusses why COVID-19 is an analogue to the ongoing climate crisis, and why there is a need to question the volume growth tourism model advocated by UNWTO, ICAO, CLIA, WTTC and other tourism organizations.”

Journal: Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Downloads: 178,043*


2) Evaluation of a COVID-19 IgM and IgG rapid test; an efficient tool for assessment of past exposure to SARS-CoV-2

Tove Hoffman, Karolina Nissen, Janina Krambrich, Bengt Rönnberg, Dario Akaberi, Mouna Esmaeilzadeh, Erik Salaneck, Johanna Lindahl & Åke Lundkvist

COVID 19 - 2“COVID-19 is the most rapidly growing pandemic in modern time, and the need for serological testing is most urgent. Although the diagnostics of acute patients by RT-PCR is both efficient and specific, we are also crucially in need of serological tools for investigating antibody responses and assessing individual and potential herd immunity. We evaluated a commercially available test developed for rapid (within 15 minutes) detection of SARS-CoV-2-specific IgM and IgG by 29 PCR-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 124 negative controls.”

Journal: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
Downloads: 110,999


3) Molecular and serological investigation of 2019-nCoV infected patients: implication of multiple shedding routes

Wei Zhang, Rong-Hui Du, Bei Li, Xiao-Shuang Zheng, Xing-Lou Yang, Ben Hu, Yan-Yi Wang, Geng-Fu Xiao, Bing Yan, Zheng-Li Shi & Peng Zhou

COVID 19“In December 2019, a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) caused an outbreak in Wuhan, China, and soon spread to other parts of the world. It was believed that 2019-nCoV was transmitted through respiratory tract and then induced pneumonia, thus molecular diagnosis based on oral swabs was used for confirmation of this disease … However, many coronaviruses can also be transmitted through oral–fecal route by infecting intestines … Our report provides a cautionary warning that 2019-nCoV may be shed through multiple routes.”

Journal: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Downloads: 100,079*


4) Genomic characterization of the 2019 novel human-pathogenic coronavirus isolated from a patient with atypical pneumonia after visiting Wuhan

Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Kin-Hang Kok, Zheng Zhu, Hin Chu, Kelvin Kai-Wang To, Shuofeng Yuan & Kwok-Yung Yuen


“A mysterious outbreak of atypical pneumonia in late 2019 was traced to a seafood wholesale market in Wuhan of China. Within a few weeks, a novel coronavirus tentatively named as 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was announced by the World Health Organization. We performed bioinformatics analysis on a virus genome from a patient with 2019-nCoV infection and compared it with other related coronavirus genomes.”

Journal: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Downloads: 77,283*



5) No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering of SARS-CoV-2

Shan-Lu Liu, Linda J. Saif, Susan R. Weiss & Lishan Su

COVID 19 - 3

“In our view, there is currently no credible evidence to support the claim that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a laboratory-engineered CoV. It is more likely that SARS-CoV-2 is a recombinant CoV generated in nature between a bat CoV and another coronavirus in an intermediate animal host. More studies are needed to explore this possibility and resolve the natural origin of SARS-CoV-2.”

Journal: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Downloads: 74,056*


6) Hypothesis for potential pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 infection–a review of immune changes in patients with viral pneumonia

Ling Lin, Lianfeng Lu, Wei Cao & Taisheng Li


“The pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans remains unclear. Immune function is a strong defense against invasive pathogens and there is currently no specific antiviral drug against the virus. This article reviews the immunological changes of coronaviruses like SARS, MERS and other viral pneumonia similar to SARS-CoV-2.”

Journal: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Downloads: 71,601*



7) Laboratory diagnosis of emerging human coronavirus infections – the state of the art

Michael J. Loeffelholz & Yi-Wei Tang

COVID 19 - 8“The three unprecedented outbreaks of emerging human coronavirus (HCoV) infections at the beginning of the twenty-first century have highlighted the necessity for readily available, accurate and fast diagnostic testing methods … Newer laboratory methods are fast, highly sensitive and specific, and are gradually replacing the conventional gold standards. This presentation reviews the current laboratory methods available for testing coronaviruses by focusing on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak going on in Wuhan.”

Journal: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Downloads: 66,202*


8) Meat and mental health: a systematic review of meat abstention and depression, anxiety, and related phenomena

Meat & health - 9Urska Dobersek, Gabrielle Wy, Joshua Adkins, Sydney Altmeyer, Kaitlin Krout, Carl J. Lavie & Edward Archer

“Given the inconsistent and contradictory nature of the extant research, the objective of this systematic review was to formally but concisely identify the outcomes, strengths, limitations, and flaws in the scientific literature on the relation between the consumption or avoidance of meat and mental health, with a focus on depression, anxiety, and a limited number of secondary variables (e.g., self-harm).”

Journal: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Downloads: 65,874*


9) Maximator: European signals intelligence cooperation, from a Dutch perspective

Bart Jacobs

intel 6“This article is first to report on the secret European five-partner sigint alliance Maximator that started in the late 1970s. It discloses the name Maximator and provides documentary evidence … The article explains and illustrates, with relatively much attention for the cryptographic details, how the five Maximator participants strengthened their effectiveness via the information about rigged cryptographic devices that its German partner provided, via the joint U.S.-German ownership and control of the Swiss producer Crypto AG of cryptographic devices.”

Journal: Intelligence and National Security
Downloads: 65,353*


10) Average-Size Erect Penis: Fiction, Fact, and the Need for Counseling

Bruce M. King

counsel“Studies show that a majority of men wish they were larger, with some choosing penile lengthening surgery. These surgeries are considered by the American Urological Association to be risky. Most men seeking surgery have normal sized penises. Counseling with factual information about penis size might be effective in alleviating concerns for the majority of men who worry about having a small penis … This paper reviews all known studies of measurements of erect or stretched penis length. The review includes 10 studies that relied on self-reported measurements, 11 studies in which researchers measured erect penises, and 22 studies in which researchers measured stretched penises”

Journal: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Downloads: 60,242*


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*Total number of article downloads, from online publication to December 31 2020.