BMC Medicine’s top 10 most accessed articles

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Here at BioMed Central there are a number of ways we can keep track of how many times our articles are accessed (a more detailed guide to this can be found here). Articles doing particularly well receive a ‘highly accessed graphic’ , which is calculated based on the number of accesses an article receives relative to its age and also the journal it is published in. We’re delighted that nearly 300 (of just over 900) BMC Medicine articles have been accredited as highly accessed over the last decade.

To mark our 10 year anniversary, today we will look at the top 10 most highly accessed articles in the journal. The top 10 articles encompass a variety of different areas of medicine – from celiac disease to physician burnout and mental health – and feature interesting original studies from authors across the globe. The full list can be found below, or you can view all of our articles in order of popularity here.

Our third most highly accessed article is an Opinion piece published in 2012 by Alessio Fasano and colleagues, who propose new nomenclature in the spectrum of gluten-related disorders in light of recent evidence suggesting that gluten sensitivity can be caused by conditions other than celiac disease. To date, this article has received 78,959 Accesses.

In second place, a recent article on contamination of herbal medicines has been read many times already, with 83,134 accesses since it was published on 11 October 2013. In this study, Steven Newmaster and colleagues used DNA barcoding to show that many herbal products contain contaminants that are not listed on the label, suggesting that more stringent regulation is required to protect consumers.

Our number one most highly accessed article of all time is a research article by Sabine Rohrmann and colleagues from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) collaboration, showing that people who eat large amounts of processed meat have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and early death. This article has been read 84,598 times since it was published in March 2013, and continues to be highly accessed, with over 2500 views in the last 30 days.

We are delighted that our most accessed articles includes some from BMC Medicine’s early days alongside some of our more recent publications. We will continue to promote our authors’ interesting work through our blogs and Twitter page, in order to make sure our articles are disseminated as widely as possible.

The full list of our top 10 most highly accessed articles is as follows:

1. 84598
Accesses
Research article Meat consumption and mortality – results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Sabine Rohrmann, Kim Overvad, H Bueno-de-Mesquita, Marianne U Jakobsen, Rikke Egeberg, Anne Tjønneland, Laura Nailler, Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Vittorio Krogh, Domenico Palli, Salvatore Panico, Rosario Tumino, Fulvio Ricceri, Manuela M Bergmann, Heiner Boeing, Kuanrong Li, Rudolf Kaaks, Kay-Tee Khaw, Nicholas J Wareham, Francesca L Crowe, Timothy J Key, Androniki Naska, Antonia Trichopoulou, Dimitirios Trichopoulos, Max Leenders, Petra HM Peeters, Dagrun Engeset, Christine L Parr, Guri Skeie et al.
BMC Medicine
 2013, 11:63 (7 March 2013)
   
2.83134
Accesses
Research article DNA barcoding detects contamination and substitution in North American herbal products Steven G Newmaster, Meghan Grguric, Dhivya Shanmughanandhan, Sathishkumar Ramalingam, Subramanyam RagupathyBMC Medicine 2013, 11:222 (11 October 2013)
   
3.78959
Accesses
Opinion Spectrum of gluten-related disorders: consensus on new nomenclature and classification Anna Sapone, Julio C Bai, Carolina Ciacci, Jernej Dolinsek, Peter HR Green, Marios Hadjivassiliou, Katri Kaukinen, Kamran Rostami, David S Sanders, Michael Schumann, Reiner Ullrich, Danilo Villalta, Umberto Volta, Carlo Catassi, Alessio FasanoBMC Medicine 2012, 10:13 (7 February 2012)
   
4.62466
Accesses
Research article Acetylcysteine for prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy after intravascular angiography: A systematic review and meta-analysis Sean M Bagshaw, William A GhaliBMC Medicine 2004, 2:38 (22 October 2004)
   
5.59477
Accesses
Research article Stress, burnout and doctors’ attitudes to work are determined by personality and learning style: A twelve year longitudinal study of UK medical graduates IC McManus, A Keeling, E PaiceBMC Medicine 2004, 2:29 (18 August 2004)
   
6.57213
Accesses
Research article Cross-national epidemiology of DSM-IV major depressive episode Evelyn Bromet, Laura Andrade, Irving Hwang, Nancy A Sampson, Jordi Alonso, Giovanni de Girolamo, Ron de Graaf, Koen Demyttenaere, Chiyi Hu, Noboru Iwata, Aimee N Karam, Jagdish Kaur, Stanislav Kostyuchenko, Jean-Pierre Lépine, Daphna Levinson, Herbert Matschinger, Maria Mora, Mark Browne, Jose Posada-Villa, Maria Viana, David R Williams, Ronald C KesslerBMC Medicine 2011, 9:90 (26 July 2011)
   
7.57208
Accesses
Research article Prediction of falls using a risk assessment tool in the acute care setting Alexandra Papaioannou, William Parkinson, Richard Cook, Nicole Ferko, Esther Coker, Jonathan D AdachiBMC Medicine 2004, 2:1 (21 January 2004)
   
8.53577
Accesses
Research article Mental illness related disparities in diabetes prevalence, quality of care and outcomes: a population-based longitudinal study Qun Mai, C D’Arcy J Holman, Frank M Sanfilippo, Jonathan D Emery, David B PreenBMC Medicine 2011, 9:118 (1 November 2011)
   
9.51005
Accesses
Research article Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and prenatal maternal smoking: rising attributed risk in the Back to Sleep era Mark E Anderson, Daniel C Johnson, Holly A BatalBMC Medicine 2005, 3:4 (11 January 2005)
   
10.48920
Accesses
Research article Rate of first recorded diagnosis of autism and other pervasive developmental disorders in United Kingdom general practice, 1988 to 2001 Liam Smeeth, Claire Cook, Professor Fombonne, Lisa Heavey, Laura C Rodrigues, Peter G Smith, Andrew J HallBMC Medicine 2004, 2:39 (9 November 2004)