It’s a new month and time to see how papers published in Nature Methods have been received by our readers. I alway find it fascinating to see how the numbers of downloads compare to our opinion of each paper. I’ve listed the original research papers we published that received the most unique views (HTML) and downloads (PDF) in March in order of popularity and broken them down between papers published in the March issue and papers published in prior months.
Of course downloads for the March issue are based on nothing more than the title of the paper and maybe the editor’s extraordinarily brief summary. It isn’t until later that the number of downloads is more indicative of the quality and impact of a paper. For this reason the downloads of papers published prior to the March issue can be more interesting since they are more likely to be influenced by community discussion of which papers should be read and cited.
Top 4 research papers published in the March issue
It is interesting to note that the two photoactivatable fluorescent protein papers from February made it into the March “Top 10” list below with the 3D STORM paper from last year. Super-resolution imaging related papers continue to be of high interest. It is clear though that next-generation sequencing papers continue to be the hottest papers in the journal and have barely budged from their standings last month.
Top 10 research papers published prior to the March issue