Best Research Papers In The World

SSRN, the #1 research repository in the world, recently released their top research papers of 2016 and I was lucky enough to have TWO papers on the list. The first, of course, is my older paper “Understanding the Modern Monetary System” and the second is the paper I published in March of 2016 titled “Understanding Modern Portfolio Construction”. If you’ve already read those then have a look at a few of the others on the list. Jackson’s Game Theory paper is tremendous and Meb Faber’s Tactical Asset Allocation is equally fantastic. If you feel the need to get a little nerdier then dive into the Damodaran papers. The guy is a total genius and is overly generous spreading his knowledge.

1. A Brief Introduction to the Basics of Game Theoryby Matthew O. Jackson (Stanford University – Department of Economics)

2. A Quantitative Approach to Tactical Asset Allocationby Meb Faber (Cambria Investment Management)

3. Explaining Nationalist Political Views: The Case of Donald Trump by Jonathan Rothwell (Gallup) and Pablo Diego-Rosell (Gallup)

4. 101 Formulaic Alphas by Zura Kakushadze (Quantigic Solutions LLC; Free University of Tbilisi)

5. Measuring Distances in Spaceby Manahel Thabet (Independent)

6. Understanding Modern Portfolio Construction by Cullen Roche (Orcam Financial Group)

7. Trump University and Presidential Impeachment by Christopher Peterson (University of Utah – S.J. Quinney College of Law)

8. Equity Risk Premiums (ERP): Determinants, Estimation and Implications – The 2015 Editionby Aswath Damodaran (New York University – Stern School of Business)

9. Understanding the Modern Monetary System by Cullen O. Roche (Orcam Financial Group, LLC)

10. Country Risk: Determinants, Measures and Implications – The 2015 Editionby Aswath Damodaran (New York University – Stern School of Business)

2017 top 30 global sustainability research papers

What was the global sustainability research that made the biggest headlines in 2017? Here’s the top 30 sourced from the Altmetric database.

Updated 24 Dec 2017*

My favourite list of the year was published earlier this week — the Altmetric top 100. Altmetric tracked 2.2 million research articles leading to 18.5 million media mentions then ranked them by their Altmetric Attention score. Nerdgasm.

The ranking is not for best article or most important bit of research. It is a simple, imperfect, measure of the research that got people talking or tapped into a global discussion in 2017. So, that alone is important.

My Future Earth colleague Kaela Slavik and I wanted to check out which global sustainability articles published in 2017 drove the most conversations. Here’s the top 30 based purely on their scores taken from scouring the top 700 papers in the database.

We defined “global sustainability” as research with significant implications for the future trajectory of people and planet. This took us beyond Earth-system research and into human health, artificial intelligence and microbial resistance. Number one on the list was authored by none other than Barack Obama — his second peer-reviewed paper while he was in office. Ten of the thirty on the list propose or describe solutions to the global sustainability challenge. Not bad, eh?

For the Top 100 papers see here.

Enough already. The list…

1. The irreversible momentum of clean energy (January 2017) ScienceAltmetric score: 7899

2. World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice (November 2017) BioScienceAltmetric score: 6623

3. More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas (October 2017) PLoS ONEAltmetric score: 4486

4. Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence childrenês interests (January 2017) ScienceAltmetric score: 4421

5. Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128.9 million children, adolescents, and adults (October 2017) The LancetAltmetric score: 4023

6. The antibiotic course has had its day (July 2017) British Medical JournalAltmetric score: 3513

7. Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years (June 2017) New England Journal of MedicineAltmetric score: 3512

8. When Will AI Exceed Human Performance? Evidence from AI Experts (May 2017) Arxiv Altmetric score: 3478

9. Association between active commuting and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality: prospective cohort study (April 2017) British Medical Journal Altmetric score: 3284

10. Why people prefer unequal societies (April 2017) Nature Human BehaviourAltmetric score: 3213

11. Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals (March 2017) NatureAltmetric score: 3162

12. Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made (July 2017) Science AdvancesAltmetric score: 3034

13. Future life expectancy in 35 industrialised countries: projections with a Bayesian model ensemble (February 2017) The Lancet Altmetric score: 2916

14. Association of “Weekend Warrior” and Other Leisure Time Physical Activity Patterns With Risks for All-Cause, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer Mortality (January 2017) JAMA Internal MedicineAltmetric score: 2964

15. Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines (July 2017) PNASAltmetric score: 2836

16. Large-scale physical activity data reveal worldwide activity inequality NatureAltmetric score: 2732

17. Global risk of deadly heat (June 2017) Nature Climate ChangeAltmetric score: 2616

18. Estimating economic damage from climate change in the United States (June 2017) ScienceAltmetric score: 2393

19. The effect of physical activity on mortality and cardiovascular disease in 130,000 people from 17 high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries: the PURE study (September 2017) The LancetAltmetric score: 2268

20. Artificially lit surface of Earth at night increasing in radiance and extent (November 2017) Science AdvancesAltmetric score: 2259

21. Widespread Biological Response to Rapid Warming on the Antarctic Peninsula (May 2017) Current Biology Altmetric score: 2181

22. Bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in the deepest ocean fauna (February 2017) Nature Ecology and EvolutionAltmetric score: 2161

23. Fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortality: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies (March 2017) International Journal of Epidemiology Altmetric score: 1978

24. The Lancet Commission on pollution and health (October 2017) The LancetAltmetric score: 1923

25. Assessing recent warming using instrumentally homogeneous sea surface temperature records (January 2017) Science AdvancesAltmetric score: 1811

26. A roadmap for rapid decarbonization (March 2017) ScienceAltmetric score: 1806

27. Fruit, vegetable, and legume intake, and cardiovascular disease and deaths in 18 countries (PURE): a prospective cohort study (August 2017) International Journal of EpidemiologyAltmetric score: 1789

28. Assessing ExxonMobil’s climate change communications (1977–2014)(August 2017) Environmental Research Letters Altmetric score: 1750

29. The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions (July 2017) Environmental Research Letters Altmetric score: 1727

30. Increasing risk over time of weather-related hazards to the European population: a data-driven prognostic study (August 2017) The Lancet Planetary HealthAltmetric score: 1641

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