Top Ten Leonardo articles as measured by their social media impact

As we all know there is much debate on the use of various kinds of metrics  used to measure

the importance or impact of a publication- eg citation indices, journal impact factors.
All these systems have strengths and weaknesses, and there is a flowering of other kinds of

recommender systems  that use other kinds of metrics
One of these is Altmetrics which draws on a number of mechanisms including soc ial

media hits, blog hits, reddit, facebook, twitter etc =these provide interesting differe nt

ways of assessing the importance or impact of a publication

We give here the top leonardo articles in terms of their altmetrics over a recent period



altmetrics: a manifesto

No one can read everything.  We rely on filters to make sense of the scholarly literature, but the narrow, traditional filters are being swamped. However, the growth of new, online scholarly tools allows us to make new filters; these altmetrics reflect the broad, rapid impact of scholarship in this burgeoning ecosystem. We call for more tools and research based on altmetrics.


Here is the listing of leonardo articles with most social media impact


Interestingly enough the top ranked article was



Abstract: This article reflects on the journey to the Moon of the Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 as it was interpreted through an artist-led workshop. The workshop participants were a group of children who lived close to where Chandrayaan was built and some of the engineers and scientists responsible for creating the spacecraft. Insights from the workshop show how a mission to the Moon draws on both the technological and the imaginative; they also have bearing on the relative agency of these individuals to contribute to the Moon missions in ways that are personally meaningful to them. (This article was published in Leonardo 45:3, 2012 and is available for free download from the MIT Press web site.) Find out more


( ps to look up the article just search using the article title given below}


Score Title
13.25 Moon Vehicle: Reflections from an Artist-Led Children’s Workshop on the Spacecraft’s Mission to the Moon
12.1 The Tree, the Spiral and the Web of Life: A Visual Exploration of Biological Evolution for Public Murals
11.15 A Compositional Approach Derived from Material and Ephemeral Elements
8.6 The Architectonics of Memory: On Built Form and Built Thought
8.536 The Information Available in Pictures
6.5 Recomposing the City: A Survey of Recent Sound Art in Belfast
4.9 Systems and Automatisms: Jack Burnham, Stanley Cavell and the Evolution of a Neoliberal Aesthetic
3.7 Participatory Video and Games for a New Climate
3.6 Complex and Unpredictable Cardano
3.55 The Serendiptichord: Reflections on the Collaborative Design Process between Artist and Researcher
2.35 Seeking a Job, Renaissance Style
1.85 A Community Under Attack: Protestant Letter Networks in the Reign of Mary I
1.85 : An Art-Science Collaboration
1.85 Wave of the Future? Reconsidering The Neuroscientific Turn in Art History
1.85 Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica: A Legacy of Interactivity and Participation for a Telematic Future
1.85 Uncle Roger, an Online Narrabase
1.35 On the Cohomology of Impossible Figures
1.25 Open Source Architecture: An Exploration of Source Code and Access in Architectural Design
1.1 Real-time Hallucination Simulation and Sonification through User-led Development of an iPad Augmented Reality Performance
1 Leonardo da Vinci’s Struggles with Representations of Reality
1 Astronomy, Science Fiction and Popular Culture: 1277 to 2001 (And beyond)
1 Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre and Balance-Unbalance: The ⋈ Project
1 The Reverse Outlining Perspective of Leonardo’s and Its Image Formation
1 Depictions of Sunsets as Information Sources
1 From the Distant Past
1 Algorithmic Art
1 The Media Art Notation System: Documenting and Preserving Digital/Media Art
1 From Ear to Site: On Discreet Sound
1 Amplifying the Mind’s Eye: Sketching and Visual Cognition
1 In Praise of Hybridity: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Frank J. Malina
1 Hypertext Revisited
1 A Critical Account of Some of Josef Albers’ Concepts of Color
1 Reduction of Physiological Stress Using Fractal Art and Architecture
1 A Brief History of Japanese Robophilia
1 Drawing w/Digits_Painting w/Pixels: Selected Artworks of the Gesture over 50 Years
0.85 Systems and Automatisms: Jack Burnham, Stanley Cavell and the Evolution of a Neoliberal Aesthetic
0.25 Embodied Mobile Media Ephemeral Transference
0.25 SymbiosisS