Our Top 20 Most Downloaded Publications of 2017

If we wanted to make a list of publications that showed the depth of the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, we couldn’t do better than the list of the most downloaded publications released in 2017. Covering the health effects of cannabis, science communication, genome editing, immigration, health equity, dementia, and climate science, the variety of our work coincides with the most read.

We released 327 publications this year. These were the most downloaded.


The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research

Significant changes have taken place in the policy landscape surrounding cannabis legalization, …



Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda

Science and technology are embedded in virtually every aspect of modern life. As a result, …



The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration

The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration finds that the long-term impact of …



Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance

Genome editing is a powerful new tool for making precise alterations to an organism’s genetic …



Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

In the United States, some populations suffer from far greater disparities in health than …



Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward

Societies around the world are concerned about dementia and the other forms of cognitive …



Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom

Science educators in the United States are adapting to a new vision of how students learn …



Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide

The social cost of carbon (SC-CO2) is an economic metric intended to provide a comprehensive …



Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here?

Recent years have yielded significant advances in computing and communication technologies, with …



Review of the Draft Climate Science Special Report

The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is moving towards a sustained …



Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use

Drug overdose, driven largely by overdose related to the use of opioids, is now the leading …



Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology

Between 1973 and 2016, the ways to manipulate DNA to endow new characteristics in an organism …



Supporting Students’ College Success: The Role of Assessment of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies

The importance of higher education has never been clearer. Educational attainment—the number …



Fostering Integrity in Research

The integrity of knowledge that emerges from research is based on individual and collective …



Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures

Educating dual language learners (DLLs) and English learners (ELs) effectively is a national …



Using 21st Century Science to Improve Risk-Related Evaluations

Over the last decade, several large-scale United States and international programs have been …



Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation’s Electricity System

Americans’ safety, productivity, comfort, and convenience depend on the reliable supply of …



Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities

Undergraduate research has a rich history, and many practicing researchers point to …



Refining the Concept of Scientific Inference When Working with Big Data: Proceedings of a Workshop

The concept of utilizing big data to enable scientific discovery has generated tremendous …



Global Health and the Future Role of the United States

While much progress has been made on achieving the Millenium Development Goals over the last …