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“Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge.” – Nate Silver On February 3rd, RWTH Aachen hosted an event on the subject of alternative metrics for research, entitled “Publish or Perish: Alternative Indicators for Research Evaluation”, inviting both myself and Juan Gorraiz of the University of Vienna to come and address around 100 researchers. Juan, a seasoned and enthusiastic bibliometrics expert, began the roughly three hour session, warming up the audience with what is by far the most inventive title for a metrics-based presentation I have come across … Read More
Welcome to a new year of the Altmetric High Five! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month’s theme is changing history. The top scientific papers this month according to Altmetric.com all have big implications for our understanding of human, and celestial, history.   Pluto may no longer be a planet, but another “planet nine” may lurk beyond it. Pluto in false color. Image credit: NASA’s … Read More
Over the last few years the topic of research metrics and evaluation has been increasingly discussed amongst researchers, funders and those in academic institutions. At the same time, publishers large and small have been quick to add these data to their platforms, in many cases by means of embedding the Altmetric donut badge you may have come across some of the journals you read. So what does the evolution of these new metrics mean for academic journal editors, and how can they ensure that their publication benefits from their application? In this blog post we’ll provide an overview of the … Read More
How can humanists increase the attention paid to their work, using insights from altmetrics? At the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in November, I debuted a study I’ve been working on with Jeremy McLaughlin (ASIS&T/SJSU) on the characteristics of altmetrics data for humanities scholarship archived on figshare. We shared some research-backed ways to stand out and promote one’s work amidst an ever-growing sea of web-native humanities scholarship. Below, we’ve adapted much of our talk for the purposes of this post. We expect to publish formally on our study in 2016. As regular readers of this blog likely know, altmetrics are the … Read More
Today we’re excited to announce our new integration between Explorer for Institutions and Elsevier’s Pure. This new connector enables Pure customers to populate Explorer for Institutions with their publications data with the minimum of technical effort. Our connector, powered by the Pure API, imports publications, people, affiliations and departmental hierarchies into Explorer for Institutions, enabling you to search and browse online attention surrounding outputs from your institution, alongside the entire Explorer database. Over the last year, we’ve developed a number of new EFI connectors for current research information systems (CRIS) and … Read More
The following post contains content excerpted under a CC-BY license from: McKiernan, Erin; E. Bourne, Philip; Brown, C. Titus; Buck, Stuart; Kenall, Amye; Lin, Jennifer; McDougall, Damon; Nosek, Brian; Ram, Karthik; Soderberg, Courtney; R. Spies, Jeffrey; Thaney, Kaitlin; Updegrove, Andrew; Woo, Kara; Yarkoni, Tal (2015): The open research value proposition: How sharing can help researchers succeed. figshare. https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1619902 Retrieved: 17 53, Dec 16, 2015 (GMT) Open access, open data, open source, and other open scholarship practices are growing in necessity and popularity, rapidly becoming part of the integral workflow of researchers. However, widespread adoption of many of these … Read More
It’s nearly the end of the year and time has flown by in the Altmetric office! Highlights of 2015 for us have included launching the Altmetric Ambassadors program, announcing Wikipedia tracking, adding support for The Conversation articles and Clinical Trials, and building the Bookmetrix project with Springer. We’ve also welcomed many new faces to our growing team and had lots of fun along the way. So to wrap things up, we asked everyone to share their own favourite happenings from the last 12 months: 2015 was great because… … Read More
Welcome to Altmetric’s “High Five” for December, the holiday edition! In this post I cover the top five scientific papers with the highest Altmetric scores this month. On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. From Star Wars economics, to happiness, to the scientific publication rejection process, our high five papers this month are all over the map. But many of them have a levity that fits the holiday spirit.   Paper #1. I reject this rejection. Image credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis, Flickr.com   Our top paper … Read More
Having a bioinformatician as our founder has inspired at Altmetric a culture of support for other scientists. We regularly share our data for free with researchers interested in discovering how knowledge diffusion works in the era of social media. It pleased us very deeply to be recognized by Impactstory co-founder, Jason Priem, during the Altmetrics15 workshop in Amsterdam for our support of research: Hard to overstate how valuable @altmetric data has been to emerging research field of #altmetrics. Kudos to them for sharing. #altmetrics15 — Jason Priem (@jasonpriem) October … Read More
It’s Top 100 time of year again! Uncovering stories about how academic research has been received and presenting those findings in visually engaging ways is central to everything we do at Altmetric, and our annual Top 100 list of the most shared and discussed articles is no exception to this. First launched 2 years ago, the list provides a great overview of the research articles that really caught the attention of a broader audience in 2015.   The 2015 list The most popular paper of this year detailed the discovery … Read More