Archive: November 2012

Science communication gone awry Communicating the intricacies of scientific findings to a mixed audience of non-experts and experts is by no means a simple task. How can one explain complicated phenomena to people with little or no background in research, while also satisfying the specialists? From the choice of source material to the choice of […]

In this series of posts, we will offer case studies that might help us better understand how online impact of research can be assessed in different academic fields using the Altmetric Explorer.

The blog post that became a paper Science blogs are valuable tools that scientists often use to communicate research to the general public. Additionally, expert blogs that are geared towards scientists can enrich and clarify online discussions about scholarly articles. Bolstered by the reach of social media networks, blogs have the potential to exert great influence on generalists and specialists […]

  The use of “alternative metrics” (or alt-metrics) for assessing scholarly research impact was a hot topic in live and remote conversations surrounding this year’s SpotOn London conference. For the first time ever, there was an entire session devoted entirely to a discussion about the bourgeoning field. The session, called “Altmetrics beyond the numbers”, was run by […]

An interference effect of equations? Theoretical biologists are skilled at creating mathematical models that can predict, assess, and/or explain natural phenomena. However, according to a recent study entitled “Heavy use of equations impedes communication among biologists” and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the presence of mathematical intricacies in ecology and evolution papers tends […]

Two days ago, scientists, science communicators, journalists, developers, publishers, and  educators (to name just a few) descended upon London for the SpotOn London 2012 conference hosted by the Nature Publishing Group. “SpotOn”, which stands for science, policy, outreach, and tools online, brought together people who are passionate about improving scientific communication in the age of the […]

Talking about #womeninscience In the past year, women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have received a lot of online attention. News articles, lists of female scientists on Twitter and Google+, a gender bias survey for journal editors, and conference sessions (such as in next week’s “Women in Science” session at SpotOn London 2012, #solo12WIS) have all intensified the […]

The Internet: harmful or just a memory aid? The Internet runs parallel to our physical world: it can be a library, a playground, a television, a telephone, and a postal service all at once. Although it has familiar functions, the Internet now delivers content in a way that we have never quite experienced it before: […]

  (TL;DR there’s a big new dataset of tweets about arXiv preprints up on figshare - check it out and let me know if you do something cool with it) It’s the PLoS Article Level Metrics workshop & hackathon in San Francisco this weekend. The Altmetrics workshop that Jason, Dario & Paul Groth organized in Evanston earlier […]