This week, Research Square celebrates a new milestone: 100,000 preprints posted on our server. These preprints are associated with 530,415 unique co-authors across more than 200 academic disciplines.
Research Square’s preprints, most of which have gone on to publication in journals, have collectively generated more than 880,000 PDF downloads, and nearly 40 million page views: a testament to preprints’ influence in the scholarly publishing world.
Today, we call attention to the ten most influential preprints ever posted on our server. Not surprisingly, all of these preprints listed below are COVID-19 related. Preprinting exploded as the pandemic began to take hold in February 2020. They became an unsung hero of the pandemic, allowing scientists to post and share the latest COVID-19 research - at a level that allowed the rapid development of the life-saving vaccines that much of the world benefits from today.
Preprints by design are fully visible to the academic community - and the greater community. They make science open for all to see and judge. We believe in the openness and transparency of research and attempt to bring as much of it into the open as possible. With that in mind, we generated two categories of influence. The first category, the most influential Research Square preprints among the scientific community, focuses on influence in the form of traditional journal citation counts. The second category ranks our most influential preprints circulating in the broader community through the news, social media, blogs, and other public outlets. We used the broader Altmetric score to judge our preprints’ impact among the broader community.
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Most cited Research Square preprints of all time:
Total citations: 79
Total citations: 69
Total citations: 58
Total citations: 43
Total citations: 48
Most widely circulated preprints posted on Research Square
Altmetric score: 3542
Altmetric score: 2496
Altmetric score: 2477
Altmetric score: 1655
Altmetric score: 1401