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What COVID-19 Articles did Patrons Access? A List of Top Viewed Articles


May 14, 2020 | 2 min read |

Scott Schuetze, Ex Libris

The academic community is publishing many new journal articles about various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, many of these articles are open access, allowing researchers and other interested parties to share and gain new insights regardless of their institutional affiliation. Our list of top viewed articles represents a highly used subset of all those publications.

While many patrons clicked on articles from the more prominent medical journals, such as JAMA, The Lancet, Nature, The BMJ, and the New England Journal of Medicine, the list also contains articles drawn from a variety of other journals from different fields, from Virology to Anesthesiology and Public Health. It provides interesting insights into what users are most interested in but also offers a good list of publications to start with, especially for users who would like to read more about COVID-19 from a scholarly perspective.

The list was generated from the Ex Libris bX Article Recommender logs which captures anonymous usage information from millions of scholars around the world. The list represents the most clicked journal articles related to COVID-19 in our systems. We extracted the DOIs and the number of clicks from the logs and enriched them with metadata from CrossRef. The source of the Open Access indication and the links to the pdfs is unpaywall.

Over the coming months we will continue to share updated lists of the top viewed articles. Stay tuned!