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The 10 most popular Cefas scientific papers of 2015

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Alternative metrics reveal the Cefas research that has received the most online attention during the past year.

A study published in Nature detailing the factors that influence the recovery of coral reefs from climate induced bleaching events has topped a list of the most popular online papers published by Cefas during 2015.

The article, “Predicting climate-driven regime shifts versus rebound potential in coral reefs” written in collaboration with colleagues from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, took pole position in a top 10 compiled using data generated by Altmetric, a UK based company that tracks and analyses the online activity around scientific and scholarly literature.

Altmetrics breakdown
Altmetics score breakdown for #1 ranked paper

Altmetrics, or “alternative metrics,” are an emerging field of new methods for measuring the use and importance of scholarly articles (think of it as the societal impact of the work). As opposed to more traditional bibliometrics, such as Impact Factor and citations in other journals, altmetrics provide article-level data and are based on new electronic sources of information, such as mentions on social media networking sites, blogs and online news outlets. Such information provides a measure of the immediate impact of the research, with most activity (news reports, blogs and social media activity) occurring within the first few weeks of a paper being published.

Other Cefas authored or co-authored research that caught the public’s attention in 2015 includes an article detailing the unique reproductive strategy of the Vampire squid (2nd), the threat posed by invasive species to wildlife biodiversity in the UK (4th) and ways to mitigate their spread (9th).

Cefas top 10 most popular scientific papers of 2015

  1. Predicting climate-driven regime shifts versus rebound potential in coral reefs
  2. Vampire squid reproductive strategy is unique among coleoid cephalopods
  3. Future fish distributions constrained by depth in warming seas
  4. Horizon scanning for invasive alien species with the potential to threaten biodiversity in Great Britain
  5. Individual seabirds show consistent foraging strategies in response to predictable fisheries discards
  6. Carp edema virus/koi sleepy disease: An emerging disease in central-east Europe
  7. Evaluating conservation and fisheries management strategies by linking spatial prioritization software and ecosystem and fisheries modelling tools
  8. Impacts of anthropogenic noise on marine life: Publication patterns, new discoveries, and future directions in research and management.
  9. Invaders in hot water: a simple decontamination method to prevent the accidental spread of aquatic invasive non-native species.
  10. Joint winners - Angular roughshark Oxynotus centrina (Squaliformes: Oxynotidae) in captivity feeding exclusively on elasmobranch eggs: an overlooked feeding niche or a matter of individual taste? and Historical Arctic logbooks reveal insights into the diets and climatic responses of cod.

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