Stirling’s Top Ten most shared 2018 articles

Here’s the Top Ten 2018 Stirling papers with the highest Altmetric scores.


Congratulations to all our authors who made it into the Top Ten!!


Most of these papers are available to download immediately from the links in the references below (the link goes to the record in the University’s repository, STORRE).


The Altmetric “score of attention” 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, Facebook, government policy documents, etc.).


On the right is the score at posting, the score in the donut will continue to change. Click on an Altmetric donut to see the types and details of all the mentions of the research paper.



Score: 743

Strindberg S, Maisels F, Williamson EA, Blake S, Stokes E, Aba’a R, Abitsi G, Agbor A, Ambahe R, Bakabana PC, Bechem M,Berlemont A, de Semboli B, Boundja PR & Jeffery KJ (2018) Guns, germs, and trees determine density and distribution of gorillas and chimpanzees in Western Equatorial Africa, Science Advances, 4 (4), Art. No.:eaar2964.

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Score: 537

Ferguson J & Griffiths D (2018) Preparing Versus Persuading: Inequalities between Scottish State schools in University Application Guidance Practices. Social Sciences, 7 (9), Art. No.: 169.

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Score: 516

Jones BC, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Wang H, Kandrik M, Han C, Fasolt V, Morrison D, Lee AJ, Holzleitner IJ, O’Shea KJ, Roberts SC, Little AC & DeBruine LM (2018) No Compelling Evidence That Preferences for Facial Masculinity Track Changes in Women’s Hormonal Status, Psychological Science, 29 (6), pp. 996-1005.

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Score: 505

Bjorkman AD, Myers-Smith IH, Elmendorf SC, Normand S, Ruger N, Beck PSA, Blach-Overgaard A, Blok D, Cornelissen JC, Forbes BC, Georges D, Goetz SJ, Guay KC, Henry GHR & Wookey P (2018) Plant functional trait change across a warming tundra biome. Nature, 562, pp. 57-62.

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Score: 383

Semple S, Mueller W, Leyland AH, Gray L & Cherrie JW (2018) Assessing progress inprotecting non-smokers from second-hand smoke (Forthcoming/Available Online). Tobacco Control.

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Score: 381

Crockett R, King S, Marteau TM, Prevost AT, Bignardi G, Roberts N, Stubbs B, Hollands G & Jebb S (2018) Nutritional labelling for healthier food or non-alcoholic drink purchasing and consumption, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018 (2), Art. No.: CD009315.

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Score: 368

Chesham R, Booth JN, Sweeney EL, Ryde G, Gorely T, Brooks NMoran CN (2018) The Daily Mile makes primary school children more active, less sedentary and improves their fitness and body composition: a quasi-experimental pilot study, BMC Medicine, 16, Art. No.: 64.

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Score: 345

Harris T, Kerry SM, Limb ES, Furness C, Wahlich C, Victor CR, Iliffe S, Whincup PH, Ussher M, Ekelund U, Fox-Rushby J, Ibison J, DeWilde S, McKay C & Cook DG (2018) Physical activity levels in adults and older adults 3-4 years after pedometer-based walking interventions: Long-term follow-up of participants from two randomised controlled trials in UK primary care, PLOS Medicine, 15 (3), Art. No.:e1002526.

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Score: 303

Blockley S, Candy I, Matthews I, Langdon P, Langdon C, Palmer A, Lincoln P, Abrook A, Taylor B, Conneller C, Bayliss A, MacLeod A, Deeprose L, Darvill C, Rebecca K, Beavan N, Staff R, Bamforth M, Taylor M & Milner N (2018) The resilience of postglacial hunter-gatherers to abrupt climate change, Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2 (5), pp. 810-818.

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Score: 301

Poudyal M, Jones JPG, Rakotonarivo OS, Hockley N, Gibbons JM, Mandimbiniaina R, Rasoamanana A, Andrianantenaina NS & Ramamonjisoa BS(2018) Who bears the cost of forest conservation?, PeerJ, 6, Art. No.: e5106.

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Clare Allan
Senior Research Librarian