Nature Chemistry’s Altmetric top 10 for 2016

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Altmetric recently posted its usual top-100 list and, as usual, there was very little chemistry to be found on it (maybe the reasons behind that should be the subject of a long soul-searching post or editorial, but that’s for another year). After I had a little moan on Twitter, @nunobimbo asked if we’d post Nature Chemistry‘s top 10 as we did back in 2013. So, here goes… (note: I only considered Articles that appeared in 2016 print issues and these numbers are correct as of Dec 14th, 2016).


1. Fast and selective ring-opening polymerizations by alkoxides and thioureas
Xiangyi Zhang, Gavin O. Jones, James L. Hedrick & Robert M. Waymouth

(Altmetric score for this list = 694)
(Page views as of the date of this list = 7,746)


2. Imaging single-molecule reaction intermediates stabilized by surface dissipation and entropy
Alexander Riss, Alejandro Pérez Paz, Sebastian Wickenburg, Hsin-Zon Tsai, Dimas G. De Oteyza, Aaron J. Bradley, Miguel M. Ugeda, Patrick Gorman, Han Sae Jung, Michael F. Crommie, Angel Rubio & Felix R. Fischer

(Altmetric score for this list = 447)
(Page views as of the date of this list = 7,553)


3. Molecular rectifier composed of DNA with high rectification ratio enabled by intercalation
Cunlan Guo, Kun Wang, Elinor Zerah-Harush, Joseph Hamill, Bin Wang, Yonatan Dubi & Bingqian Xu

(Altmetric score for this list = 343)
(Page views as of the date of this list = 4,136)


4. Self-assembling biomolecular catalysts for hydrogen production
Paul C. Jordan, Dustin P. Patterson, Kendall N. Saboda, Ethan J. Edwards, Heini M. Miettinen, Gautam Basu, Megan C. Thielges & Trevor Douglas

(Altmetric score for this list = 331)
(Page views as of the date of this list = 8,092)


5. A highly stretchable autonomous self-healing elastomer
Cheng-Hui Li, Chao Wang, Christoph Keplinger, Jing-Lin Zuo, Lihua Jin, Yang Sun, Peng Zheng, Yi Cao, Franziska Lissel, Christian Linder, Xiao-Zeng You & Zhenan Bao

(Altmetric score for this list = 285)
(Page views as of the date of this list = 27,427)


6. The structural and chemical origin of the oxygen redox activity in layered and cation-disordered Li-excess cathode materials
Dong-Hwa Seo, Jinhyuk Lee, Alexander Urban, Rahul Malik, ShinYoung Kang & Gerbrand Ceder

(Altmetric score for this list = 167)
(Page views as of the date of this list = 5,108)


7. Neutral zero-valent s-block complexes with strong multiple bonding
Merle Arrowsmith, Holger Braunschweig, Mehmet Ali Celik, Theresa Dellermann, Rian D. Dewhurst, William C. Ewing, Kai Hammond, Thomas Kramer, Ivo Krummenacher, Jan Mies, Krzysztof Radacki & Julia K. Schuster

(Altmetric score for this list = 157)
(Page views as of the date of this list = 3,610)


8. A supramolecular ruthenium macrocycle with high catalytic activity for water oxidation that mechanistically mimics photosystem II
Marcus Schulze, Valentin Kunz, Peter D. Frischmann & Frank Würthner

(Altmetric score for this list = 156)
(Page views as of the date of this list = 6,202)


9. Force-induced tautomerization in a single molecule
Janina N. Ladenthin, Thomas Frederiksen, Mats Persson, John C. Sharp, Sylwester Gawinkowski, Jacek Waluk & Takashi Kumagai

(Altmetric score for this list = 145)
(Page views as of the date of this list = 4,035)


10. Diindeno-fusion of an anthracene as a design strategy for stable organic biradicals
Gabriel E. Rudebusch, José L. Zafra, Kjell Jorner, Kotaro Fukuda, Jonathan L. Marshall, Iratxe Arrechea-Marcos, Guzmán L. Espejo, Rocío Ponce Ortiz, Carlos J. Gómez-García, Lev N. Zakharov, Masayoshi Nakano, Henrik Ottosson, Juan Casado & Michael M. Haley

(Altmetric score for this list = 144)
(Page views as of the date of this list = 5,248)


(Note: it seems as though the page views on the metrics pages only go up to Dec 2… we’ll maybe have someone look into that…)

Stu Cantrill

Chief Editor, Nature Chemistry, Springer Nature