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The top 100 most-discussed journal articles of 2016

In 2016 we’ve seen pseudoscience-embracing Donald Trump elected as president of the United States, heralding the beginning of what is being described as a war on science.

What you might not know is that 2016 also saw the publication of the very first academic paper by a sitting United States president, Obama’s article United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

At the same time that Trump was elected in a surging sea of fake news, Obama’s peer-reviewed article has become the most-discussed journal article of 2016, with 315 news stories, 45 blog posts, 8,943 tweets, 201 Facebook posts, 14 Reddit posts, an article on F1000, and two Wikipedia citations.

Obama’s paper tops Altmetric’s list of the top 100 most-discussed journal articles of 2016. Articles discussing issues related to knowledge management that you can find in the list include:

The trend towards making content openly accessible continued in 2016, with nearly half of the articles in the list either permanently freely accessible or free to view for a period of time.

Summaries of the open access articles in the list that are related to knowledge management can be viewed in the special series 2016’s top 100 journal articles, or by clicking the article links above.

Header image source: Obama in Terre Haute by BeckyF is licensed by CC BY 2.0.


  1. Obama, B. (2016). United States health care reform: progress to date and next steps. JAMA, 316(5), 525-532.
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Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes (www.bruceboyes.info) is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (www.realkm.com), and a knowledge management (KM), environmental management, and project management professional. He is a PhD candidate in the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group at Wageningen University and Research, and holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction. His expertise and experience includes knowledge management (KM), environmental management, project management, stakeholder engagement, teaching and training, communications, research, and writing and editing. With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee an award-winning $77.4 million western Sydney river recovery program, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support the sustainable management of landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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