Shameless plug: Trends in Ecology and Evolution just published a list of their top 10 most downloaded papers over the past two years, scaled by time since publication. It’s here (scroll to the bottom-right corner of the page). I’ll admit I’m pleased to see my piece arguing for the abandonment of the intermediate disturbance hypothesis on the list. Though the fact that it was published recently probably helps, and it might drop off the list as the download rate slows over time.
UPDATE: And just now I noticed that the paper is associated with various sorts of altmetrics. All the tweets about the paper, how many times the paper was shared on Facebook and Google+, etc. I actually didn’t see any tweets about the paper when it came out (unless they were directed to @DynamicEcology), so it was interesting to see them aggregated. Apparently the paper sparked quite a bit of social media activity for a TREE paper (though not nearly as much as our most popular posts spark…)
/end shameless own-horn tooting