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The top 100 most-discussed journal articles of 2018

This article is part 1 of a series reviewing selected papers from Altmetric’s list of the top 100 most-discussed journal articles of 2018.

As we’ve done in previous years, we once again take an end-of-year look at the open access papers related to knowledge management from Altmetric’s list of the top 100 most-mentioned scholarly articles published through the year.

Altmetric has published the top 100 list since 2013, and in November published a blog post revealing key insights from the five years of top 100 lists between 2013 and 2017. These insights include:

  • Most of the research in the Top 100 lists to date has been authored by researchers from institutions in the US and UK. While Altmetric advises that this is partly due to the availability of data and the high volume of mentions from western social media sources, I suggest that this bias is largely associated with the global knowledge imbalance that I’ve discussed in a previous RealKM Magazine article.
  • Altmetric expected that the number of titles published open access would increase steadily over time, reflecting the increasing shift to open access. However, there’s been no significant increase, with around 30 – 40 open access articles featuring in each year’s list. This is very disappointing, and highlights a need for more action in support of open access by authors, publishers, and research funders.

In 2018, Altmetric tracked over 25 million mentions of 2.8 million research outputs to prepare the top 100 list. The open access papers related to knowledge management from the 2018 list are:


Also published on Medium.

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 consultant. He holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction, and 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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