Stirling’s Top Ten most shared articles of 2015

You may have noticed that as part of our New Technologies project we will soon be launching Altmetric for Institutions for Stirling. Altmetric for Institutions is a service that helps you monitor and report on the social media attention research papers are receiving.




In preparation for the launch we have sent to Altmetric details of Stirling’s publications from our Research Management System and STORRE.  Altmetric tracks any of these publications that have a DOI or a STORRE handle URL or a PubMed ID.



Now that our data has been loaded, we’ve been having a wee peek and couldn’t resist creating a 2015 ‘Top Ten’.


Below is the Top Ten of Stirling papers with the highest Altmetric scores during 2015. The Altmetric score is a weighted metric that is based on counts of mentions in the various sources Altmetric tracks (social media sites, blog posts, news stories, Wikipedia, mendeley, Facebook, government policy documents, etc.).


The number on the left shows the 2015 Altmetric score. The number in the coloured donut is the paper’s all time Altmetric score. Click on a donut to see the types and details of all the mentions of the research paper.


It’s interesting to see that the oldest publication in the list is from 2003 – but it’s obviously still being talked about!


1. Score in 2015: 490

Tappin, D., Bauld, L., Purves, D., Boyd, K., Sinclair, L., MacAskill, S., . . . Coleman, T. (2015). Financial incentives for smoking cessation in pregnancy: Randomised controlled trial. BMJ, 350, Article no. h134. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h134


2. Score in 2015: 210

Boyce, C. J., Wood, A. M., Daly, M., & Sedikides, C. (2015). Personality change following unemployment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100 (4), 991-1011. doi: 10.1037/a0038647


3. Score in 2015: 153

Best, C., Arora, S., Porter, F., & Doherty, M. (2015). The relationship between subthreshold autistic traits, ambiguous figure perception and divergent thinking. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45 (12), 4064-4073. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2518-2


4. Score in 2015: 101

Wilmot, E. G., Edwardson, C. L., Achana, F. A., Davies, M. J., Gorely, T., Gray, L. J., . . . Biddle, S. J. H. (2012). Sedentary time in adults and the association with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetologia, 55 (11), 2895-2905. doi: 10.1007/s00125-012-2677-z


5. Score in 2015: 87

Daly, M., Delaney, L., Egan, M., & Baumeister, R. F. (2015). Childhood self-control and unemployment throughout the life span: Evidence from two british cohort studies. Psychological Science, 26(6), 709-723. doi: 10.1177/0956797615569001


6. Score in 2015: 82

Maisels, F., Strindberg, S., Blake, S., Wittemyer, G., Hart, J., Williamson, E. A., . . . Warren, Y. (2013). Devastating decline of forest elephants in Central Africa. Plos One, 8 (3), Article no. e59469. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059469


7. Score in 2015: 73

Maxwell, S. L., Milner-Gulland, E., Jones, J. P. G., Knight, A. T., Bunnefeld, N., Nuno, A., . . . Rhodes, J. R. (2015). Being smart about SMART environmental targets. Science, 347 (6226), 1075-1076. doi: 10.1126/science.aaa1451


=8. Score in 2015: 71

Sesink Clee, P.,R., Abwe, E. E., Ambahe, R. D., Anthony, N. M., Fotso, R., Locatelli, S., . . . Gonder, M. K. (2015). Chimpanzee population structure in cameroon and nigeria is associated with habitat variation that may be lost under climate change. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15, Article no. 2. doi: 10.1186/s12862-014-0275-z


=8. Score in 2015: 71

Vallejo-Marín, M., Buggs, R. J. A., Cooley, A. M., & Puzey, J. R. (2015). Speciation by genome duplication: Repeated origins and genomic composition of the recently formed allopolyploid species mimulus peregrinus. Evolution, 69 (6), 1487-1500. doi:10.1111/evo.12678


=8. Score in 2015: 71

Hockings, K. J., McLennan, M. R., Carvalho, S., Ancrenaz, M., Bobe, R., Byrne, R. W., . . . Hill, C. M. (2015). Apes in the anthropocene: Flexibility and survival. (2015). Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30 (4), 215-222. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2015.02.002


=8. Score in 2015: 71

Biesta, G., Priestley, M., & Robinson, S. (2015). The role of beliefs in teacher agency. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 21 (6), 624-640. doi:10.1080/13540602.2015.1044325


=9. Score in 2015: 62

Walsh, P. D., Abernethy, K. A., Bermejo, M., Beyers, R., De Wachter, P., Akou, M. E., . . . Wilkie, D. S. (2003). Catastrophic ape decline in western equatorial africa. Nature, 422 (6932), 611-614. doi:10.1038/nature01566


=9. Score in 2015: 62

Whitehorn, P. R., O’Connor, S., Wackers, F. L., & Goulson, D. (2012). Neonicotinoid pesticide reduces bumble bee colony growth and queen production. Science, 336 (6079), 351-352. doi:10.1126/science.1215025


10. Score in 2015: 61

Loudon, K., Treweek, S., Sullivan, F., Donnan, P., Thorpe, K. E., & Zwarenstein, M. (2015). The PRECIS-2 tool: Designing trials that are fit for purpose. BMJ, 350 doi:10.1136/bmj.h2147



Clare Allan

Subject Librarian