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Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biology, October 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#47 of 1,803)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (92nd percentile)

Mentioned by

news
6 news outlets
policy
1 policy source
twitter
128 tweeters
facebook
1 Facebook page

Citations

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39 Dimensions

Readers on

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300 Mendeley
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Title
Q&A: What are pathogens, and what have they done to and for us?
Published in
BMC Biology, October 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12915-017-0433-z
Pubmed ID
Authors

Francois Balloux, Lucy van Dorp

Abstract

Microbes are found on us, within us and around us. They inhabit virtually every environment on the planet and the bacteria carried by an average human, mostly in their gut, outnumber human cells. The vast majority of microbes are harmless to us, and many play essential roles in plant, animal and human health. Others, however, are either obligate or facultative pathogens exerting a spectrum of deleterious effects on their hosts. Infectious diseases have historically represented the most common cause of death in humans until recently, exceeding by far the toll taken by wars or famines. From the dawn of humanity and throughout history, infectious diseases have shaped human evolution, demography, migrations and history.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 300 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 76 25%
Student > Master 42 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 21 7%
Researcher 20 7%
Student > Postgraduate 10 3%
Other 34 11%
Unknown 97 32%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 58 19%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 39 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 16 5%
Immunology and Microbiology 12 4%
Environmental Science 11 4%
Other 63 21%
Unknown 101 34%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 129. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 07 April 2022.
All research outputs
#234,990
of 21,138,533 outputs
Outputs from BMC Biology
#47
of 1,803 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#6,687
of 341,506 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Biology
#9
of 127 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 21,138,533 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 98th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 1,803 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 20.1. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 97% of its peers.
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