Monthly Archives: December 2015

Altmetric Top 100 2015

Is YOUR research featured in this top 100 index?


Altmetric today unveils its Top 100 list of the most shared and discussed academic research of 2015:

Recreating Van Gogh’s masterpieces, risky Christmas gifts, plastic pollution in our oceans, and the return of the autism debate all caught the imagination of the public and mainstream media this year.

Articles in the list can be filtered by institution, journal, access type and subject category. 42% of the articles that made the 2015 list were published under a gold Open Access license.

The ranking is determined based on which research papers published in the last year have received the most attention from the sources tracked by Altmetric – including mainstream media sites, Wikipedia, blogs, social networks, post-publication peer-review forums, and online reference managers, amongst others.

To explore the list (including our new interactive institutional affiliation map!) visit, and join the conversation online with #altmetrictop100

The Altmetric Explorer can be…

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ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on January 1, 2016

This might affect you.


From January 1, 2016 ScienceDirect will discontinue supporting IE8.

ScienceDirect advises that where possible, you move to a current version of IE,  Firefox, Chrome for the optimum user experience.

Please note that, until January 1, 2016, ScienceDirect will continue to support Internet Explorer 8.

More on the reasons for this from ScienceDirect

We are following Microsoft’s directive to focus our support on newer, officially-supported IE browser versions. Microsoft announced in 2014 that, as of January 2016, it would only support the most recent IE browser version with technical support and security updates. We strongly encourage our customers to follow Microsoft’s directive as well by updating to more recent versions of IE. Additionally, users can move to the latest versions of the Chrome or Firefox browsers for an optimal ScienceDirect experience.

By removing IE8 from our support list, we will be able to provide the following future enhancements:


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Emerging Sources Citation Index – Web of Science

This may be of interest to you as part of your search strategy on citation databases.


There is a new index in the Web of Science Core Collection:  Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).  The index expands the citation universe and reflects the growing global body of science and scholarly activity.

“ESCI complements the highly selective indexes by providing earlier visibility for sources under evaluation as part of SCIE, SSCI, and AHCI’s rigorous journal selection process. Inclusion in ESCI provides greater discoverability which leads to measurable citations and more transparency in the selection process.”

Emerging Sources Citation Index can be searched by selecting the Core Collection on the Web of Science platform and clicking on “More Settings”.  Tick the Emerging Sources Citation Index box.

ESCI is starting with 1,500 titles and aims to reach 5,000 within 2 years.  40% are in the sciences, 40% in the social sciences, 20% in the humanities.  46% are Open Access titles.  By positioning ESCI in the Core Collection, users are…

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Third Gold for Gold voucher of 2015 allocated!



The third of the 19 Gold for Gold vouchers that the Royal Society of Chemistry has given to the University of Cambridge for 2015 has been used to make the following article immediately open access:

Continuous flow Buchwald–Hartwig amination of a pharmaceutical intermediate
Polina Yaseneva, Paul Hodgson, Jacek Zakrzewski, Sebastian Falß, Rebecca E. Meadows and  Alexei A. Lapkin
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00048C

To find out more about the Gold for Gold initiative, please see a previous blog post here:

There are still 16 vouchers left for 2015!

If you or at least one of the authors on an RSC paper are an academic member of the University of Cambridge, and there are no funds available for you to pay the APC to make your paper immediately open access, then you may be eligible for a Gold for Gold voucher! Please see the above blog post for information on how to apply.