Altmetric’s high Five – Tweet yourself to some research (July 2018)

By 23.08.18

Welcome to the Altmetric High Five in association with the Science Council. On a monthly basis, the High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month.

This month we’ll be focusing on the papers published in July to which we’ve captured the most mentions on Twitter for.

The original post can be found on the Altmetric blog here. Links to all papers included can be found in the Reference section at the end.

1. Is there life on Mars?

Image credit: NASA

Our first paper is “There’s water on Mars! Signs of buried lake tantalize scientists” published in Nature. The paper looks at the possibility of whether the recent discovery of a body of water on Mars could indicate whether life exists on the planet.

The paper has received a whopping 10,629 tweets from 10,357 users so far. Many of the tweets focus on the excitement around the possibility of life on the red planet.

2. Openly ignoring one another

Image credit: Ethan S. Bernstein, Stephen Turban

The second most tweeted paper is “The impact if the ‘open’ workspace in human collaboration” which was published by The Royal Society. In this article, the authors explain the results of two intervention based field studies which investigated the effect of more open workspaces on collaboration. The studies used advanced wearable devices to collect data on employees face-to-face, email, and instant messaging patterns.

The post received 7,324 tweets from 6877 users.

3. Looking under the surface

Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU BERLIN/CC BY-SA

Paper number three is “Liquid water spied deep below polar ice cap on Mars” published in Science. This article describes in-detail the lake found deep under an ice cap at Mars’s south pole.

The article received 6,429 tweets from 6,270 users many of whom were very excited about the findings.

4. Don’t be a pest

Image credit: PollyDot under CC0

In at number four is “Rapid rise in toxic load for bees revealed by analysis of pesticide use in Great Britain” published in PeerJ. For this article the authors analyzed the effect of changing patterns of pesticide use on arable and horticultural crops in Great Britain between 1990 and 2015.

The article received an amazing 4,832 tweets from 4,305 users!

5. No measurable difference in mathematical ability between girls and boys

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Our fifth most tweeted about article from July is “No intrinsic gender difference in children’s earliest numerical abilities” published by npj Science. The authors of this paper examined the cross-sectional gender differences in mathematical cognition for over 500 children.

This paper received 4,707 tweets from 4,474 users, many of whom were not surprised by the findings.

References

  1. There’s water on Mars! Signs of buried lake tantalize scientists
  2. The impact if the ‘open’ workspace in human collaboration
  3. Liquid water spied deep below polar ice cap on Mars
  4. Rapid rise in toxic load for bees revealed by analysis of pesticide use in Great Britain
  5. No intrinsic gender difference in children’s earliest numerical abilities

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