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Portsmouth Academics Featured in Most Discussed Research

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Academics from the University of Portsmouth have been involved in two studies that feature in the Altmetric Top 100.

The annual Altmetric Top 100 highlights research published in 2018 that has generated significant international online attention from post-publication peer review sites.

The top 100 list included a study about engineering a newly discovered enzyme that featured Portsmouth co-authors Alan Thorne and Professor John McGeehan. Meanwhile, PhD student Serena Cunsolo, was part of the team that published work on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and became the seventh most mentioned article.

Professor Bob Nichol, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), said: "It is fantastic to see our researchers at the forefront of globally recognised research, which is helping to address the greatest challenges faced by society today. At Portsmouth, we are passionate about our research having impact and these works demonstrate that."

COO at Altmetric, Catherine Williams, added: "The Altmetric Top 100 continues to highlight an array of fascinating and diverse research that often relates to the broader cultural zeitgeist and the year's most notable events."

"From climate change to misinformation and diets, the most widely shared and discussed research focuses on global challenges that affect us all. Encouragingly, the levels of attention we see here demonstrates that expert knowledge still plays a very central role in our shared understanding of these issues."