Making Metrics Count – ALM Article Feature Series

In this age when we are all obsessed by counting, should we be celebrating yet more sets of metrics? Albert Einstein famously quipped: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” While a well-worn sentiment, it does bear some thought. At PLOS, we believe we should celebrate—though not journal-level metrics—but those of individual articles and the diverse metrics and the stories associated with them.

The ALM Article Feature series is an ongoing and regularly published set of posts that highlight articles that have caught the eye of the editorial teams across the PLOS journals. We examine their notable metrics as well as telling some of the stories behind the articles. We don’t have any fixed criteria for articles in this series, but rather have asked the journal teams to highlight articles that had meaningful metrics for their journal. As you’d expect, there will be an eclectic mix selected. This series will not only highlight individual articles but will celebrate what in the end is a core editorial function of journals—curating content that matters to their, and we hope wider, audiences.

Currently, the ALM Article Feature Series includes the following posts:

  1. From One to One Million Article Views on PLOS Medicine’s Why Most Published Research Findings are False by John Ioannidis
  2. You Just Read my Mind… on PLOS Biology’s Reconstructing Speech from Human Auditory Cortex by Brian Pasley, et al.
  3. “Low T” and Prescription Testosterone: Public Viewing of the Science Does Matter on PLOS ONE’s Increased Risk of Non-fatal Myocardial Infarction following Testosterone Therapy Prescription in Men by William Finkle, et al.
  4. Reflections on feces and its synonyms on PLOS NTD’s An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of Shit: Distribution of Schistosoma mansoniand Hookworm Eggs in Human Stool by Stefanie J. Krauth, et al.
  5. How Much of Your Genome is Functional? on PLOS Genetics’ 8.2% of the Human Genome Is Constrained: Variation in Rates of Turnover across Functional Element Classes in the Human Lineage by Chris Rands, et al.
  6. When Retroviral Research Goes Viral on PLOS Pathogens’ Highly Significant Antiviral Activity of HIV-1 LTR-Specific Tre-Recombinase in Humanized Mice by Ilona Hauber, et al.
  7. Measuring the success of an online bioinformatics resource on PLOS Computational Biology’s An Online Bioinformatics Curriculum by David Searls.

We will continue to update this list with the latest additions. Also, you can follow it on twitter at #celebratingalms to discover the newest posts, join the community’s conversation about the articles chosen, and tell us the PLOS articles you want highlighted next. With article-level metrics, we look forward to sharing the breadth of fascinating ways in which PLOS science has impacted scholarly research and the broader world beyond.

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