As more and more researchers choose to publish their work open access (or OA), what subjects are capturing the attention of the limitless global readership offered by OA?
From COVID-19 to meat intake and mental health, we reveal the top 10 most-read research published OA with Taylor & Francis so far this year.
It’s no surprise that COVID-19 dominates the top 10 at this mid-year point, although a wide range of angles are explored around the hot topic, including transmission, tourism and even conspiracy theories.
With the global pandemic as an urgent, worldwide priority it’s notable that authors have chosen open – enabling their research to have the widest possible reach and impact.
Top 10 open access article published in the first half of 2020
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
“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.”
Tove Hoffman, Karolina Nissen, Janina Krambrich, Bengt Rönnberg, Dario Akaberi, Mouna Esmaeilzadeh, Erik Salaneck, Johanna Lindahl & Åke Lundkvist
“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.”
Shan-Lu Liu, Linda J. Saif, Susan R. Weiss & Lishan Su
“The emergence and outbreak of a newly discovered acute respiratory disease in Wuhan, China, has affected greater than 40,000 people, and killed more than 1,000 as of Feb. 10, 2020. A new human coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was quickly identified, and the associated disease is now referred to as coronavirus disease discovered in 2019 (COVID-19) … Currently, there are speculations, rumours and conspiracy theories that SARS-CoV-2 is of laboratory origin.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
Stefan 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.”
Michael J. Loeffelholz & Yi-Wei Tang
“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.”
“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).”
“The recent outbreak of pneumonia-causing COVID-19 in China is an urgent global public health issue with an increase in mortality and morbidity. Here we report our modelled homo-trimer structure of COVID-19 spike glycoprotein in both closed (ligand-free) and open (ligand-bound) conformation, which is involved in host cell adhesion. We also predict the unique N- and O-linked glycosylation sites of spike glycoprotein that distinguish it from the SARS and underlines shielding and camouflage of COVID-19 from the host the defence system.”
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*Total number of article downloads, from online publication to June 30 2020.