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Six UCL papers in Altmetric Top 100

4 January 2018

UCL research captured the public's imagination last year with six papers featuring in the Altmetric Top 100 of 2.2 million research outputs tracked in 2017.

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The rankings place UCL research as some of the most discussed in public forums with only Harvard and the University of Cambridge having more articles in the top 100 with 11 and seven respectively.

Altmetric highlights published research papers that have generated significant international online attention and discussion - from mainstream news media, blogs, Wikipedia, social media platforms (including Twitter, Reddit & Facebook) and in scholarly spaces such as post-publication peer-review forums and patient advocacy groups.

The most talked about paper from UCL, ranking 11th, reports the discovery of the world's oldest fossils by Dr Dominic Papineau and Matthew Dodd (UCL Earth Sciences and the London Centre for Nanotechnology). The remains of the microorganisms provide evidence of life on Earth as far back as 4.29 million years ago which is much earlier than previously thought.

Other top papers involving UCL researchers include:

  • #20 - 'Moderate alcohol consumption as risk factor for adverse brain outcomes and cognitive decline: longitudinal cohort study' by Professor Archana Singh-Manoux and Professor Mika Kivimäki (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health)
  • #28 - 'Association of "Weekend Warrior" and other leisure time physical activity patterns with risks for all-cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer mortality' by Professor Mark Hamer (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health)
  • #56 - 'Trial of cannabidiol for drug-resistant seizures in the Dravet Syndrome' by Professor Helen Cross (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health)
  • #85 - 'Psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression: fMRI-measured brain mechanisms' by Dr Matt Wall and Professor Val Curran (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology)
  • #94 - 'The global decline of cheetah Acinonyx jubatus and what it means for conservation' by Dr Nathalie Pettorelli and Helen O'Neill (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment)