Top 10 in 2012

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Of those 118 articles published in volume 4 of the journal (as mentioned in the last post), I was curious to see which were the most popular. Based on the ‘page views’ (full-text article views that includes HTML views and PDF downloads) that appear on the associated article-level-metrics pages, here’s the top 10 (you’ll need to be a subscriber to access the articles). Page-view numbers are correct as of December 28th, so apart from #6 and #7 — who can slug it out to see who comes out on top by year’s end — the positions shouldn’t alter too much.

1. Integrated 3D-printed reactionware for chemical synthesis and analysis Cronin et al. MAY issue (20,004 views)

2. Quantifying the chemical beauty of drugs Hopkins et al. FEB issue (16,938 views)

3. A molecular ruthenium catalyst with water-oxidation activity comparable to that of photosystem II Privalov, Llobet, Sun et al. MAY issue (15,430 views)

4. An improved high-performance lithium–air battery Sun, Scrosati et al. JUL issue (14,085 views)

5. A two-dimensional polymer prepared by organic synthesis Sakamoto et al. APR issue (12,712 views)

6. Scalable enantioselective total synthesis of taxanes Baran et al. JAN issue (11,843 views)*

7. Reversible hydrogen storage using CO2 and a proton-switchable iridium catalyst in aqueous media under mild temperatures and pressures Hull, Himeda, Fujita et al. MAY issue (11,842 views)

8. Imparting functionality to a metal–organic framework material by controlled nanoparticle encapsulation Hupp, Huo et al. APR issue (10,490 views)

9. Rapid point-of-care detection of the tuberculosis pathogen using a BlaC-specific fluorogenic probe Rao et al. OCT issue (9,941 views)

10. A synthetic molecular pentafoil knot Leigh et al. JAN issue (9,794 views)*

* these papers were published online in 2011 in advance of print, but page views are only counted from Jan 1, 2012 (that’s where all our article-level-metrics pages start), so actual cumulative page views are most probably much higher (you could probably double them).

The next five on the list also received >9,000 views each, with Baran (#6 above) coming in at #14 with this paper.

Note that when each monthly issue goes live, we make one article free for the month, which may increase the number of page views for that article. Some of these articles above might have been free for a month — I can’t remember which with any degree of certainty. And of course, number of page views doesn’t correlate with how well cited these papers are (or will become), or even necessarily how ‘good’ readers perceive them to be. Moreover, papers published earlier in the year will typically have more page views that those published later in the year — although numbers seem to flatten off for most after a couple of months. Also, we often see a spike in traffic if a paper gets picked up by a high-profile outlet, such as New Scientist or the BBC.

With all that said, people seem to like top-ten lists, however, so here’s ours for volume 4!

Let’s see how the 2013 papers of volume 5 compare…

Happy New Year!


Stu Cantrill

Chief Editor, Nature Chemistry, Springer Nature

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