Most Downloaded Articles (2018)

The Most Downloaded Articles in 2018

In 2018, Annual Reviews published more than 1,100 review articles across 50 disciplines. The following lists represent the 10 most downloaded articles from volumes that published in 2018 and the 10 most downloaded articles read during 2018.

Annual Reviews articles hold a unique place in the scholarly communication ecosystem because they transfer expert knowledge synthesized from the exponentially expanding corpus of scientific literature to scholars and society. To create this impactful content, we bring together expert Editorial Committees in each covered discipline and facilitate meetings where members can discuss trends in each field and select relevant topics for review.


Planning and Decision-Making for Autonomous Vehicles

Wilko Schwarting, Javier Alonso-Mora, and Daniela Rus, Annual Review of Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems

Designing Difference in Difference Studies: Best Practices for Public Health Policy Research

Coady Wing, Kosali Simon, and Ricardo A. Bello-Gomez, Annual Review of Public Health

Gender Stereotypes

Naomi Ellemers, Annual Review of Psychology

Harm Minimization and Tobacco Control: Reframing Societal Views of Nicotine Use to Rapidly Save Lives

David B. Abrams, Allison M. Glasser, Jennifer L. Pearson, Andrea C. Villanti, Lauren K. Collins, and Raymond S. Niaura, Annual Review of Public Health
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E-Cigarettes: Use, Effects on Smoking, Risks, and Policy Implications

Stanton A. Glantz and David W. Bareham, Annual Review of Public Health
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Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Contentious Issue

Graham C. Ousey and Charis E. Kubrin, Annual Review of Criminology
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Bat Biology, Genomes, and the Bat1K Project: To Generate Chromosome-Level Genomes for All Living Bat Species

Emma C. Teeling, Songa C. Vernes, Liliana M. Dávalos, David A. Ray, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Eugene Myers, and Bat1K Consortium, Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
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Haptics: The Present and Future of Artificial Touch Sensation

Heather Culbertson, Samuel B. Schorr, and  Allison M. Okamura, Annual Review of Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems
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The Opioid Epidemic: Crisis and Solutions

Phil Skolnick, Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology
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From Tissues to Cell Types and Back: Single-Cell Gene Expression Analysis of Tissue Architecture

Xi Chen, Sarah A. Teichmann, and Kerstin B. Meyer, Annual Review of Biomedical Data Science


Metabolic Effects of Intermittent Fasting

Ruth E. Patterson and Dorothy D. Sears, Annual Review of Nutrition, 2017

The Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Public Health Approach to an Epidemic of Addiction

Andrew Kolodny, David T. Courtwright, Catherine S. Hwang, Peter Kreiner, John L. Eadie, Thomas W. Clark, and G. Caleb Alexander, Annual Review of Public Health, 2015
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CRISPR-Cas9 Structures and Mechanisms

Fuguo Jiang and Jennifer A. Doudna, Annual Review of Biophysics, 2017

Parenting and its Effects on Children: On Reading and Misreading Behavior Genetics

Eleanor E. Maccoby, Annual Review of Psychology, 2000

Can We Say What Diet Is Best for Health?

D.L. Katz and S. Meller, Annual Review of Public Health, 2014

Plastics in the Marine Environment

Kara Lavender Law, Annual Review of Marine Science, 2017
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Working Memory: Theories, Models, and Controversies

Alan Baddeley, Annual Review of Psychology, 2012

CRISPR/Cas9 in Genome Editing and Beyond

Haifeng Wang, Marie La Russa, and Lei S. Qi, Annual Review of Biochemistry, 2016

Weird Animals, Sex, and Genome Evolution

Jennifer A. Marshall Graves, Annual Review of Animal Biosciences, 2018

Emotion and Decision Making

Jennifer S. Lerner, Ye Li, Piercarlo Valdesolo, and Karim S. Kassam, Annual Review of Psychology, 2015

Annual Reviews articles play a crucial role in stimulating discussion about science:

  • Capturing current understanding of a topic, including what is well supported and what is controversial;
  • Setting the work in historical context;
  • Highlighting the major questions that remain to be addressed and the likely course of research in upcoming years; and
  • Outlining the practical applications and general significance of research to society.

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