Extramural Research Impact: Top Articles by Altmetric Score

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Altmetrics are data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics and are an emerging measure of research outcomes. These data give insight into the extent that the general public is influenced by, exposed to, promotes, and engages with research online, in the media and beyond. Examples of altmetrics include the number of times a journal article is discussed in online research forums, blogs and social media sites like Twitter, as well as mainstream media coverage.

Below are altmetrics data from altmetric.comexternal icon on peer-reviewed journal articles, resulting from NIOSH-funded extramural research between FY2007 and FY2019. These are the top 25 publications with the highest altmetric scoresexternal icon out of 5,937 extramural publications. These articles rank in the top 5% of more than 15.5 million research publications scored by altmetric.com.

The altmetric attention scores below are intended to be at-a-glance indicators of the volume of attention that these articles have received. However, to truly understand the data, it’s important not only to consider the numbers, but also to look at the associated qualitative information. This often shows where the research is being cited, discussed and used.

Surgical mask filter and fit performance

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Surgical mask filter and fit performanceexternal icon

American Journal of Infection Control, May 2008

Food Additives and Child Health
Pulmonary health effects of air pollution

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Pulmonary health effects of air pollutionexternal icon
Current opinion in pulmonary medicine, March 2016

Rotating Night Shift Work and Coronary Heart Disease
Quantity and Size Distribution of Cough-Generated Aerosol Particles
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