Altmetrics & REF2014: characteristics and contrasts
Category: Altmetrics News

In May, I shared some interesting results from a small-scale exercise I ran, comparing what was submitted with REF impact case studies with indicators of “real world” impact sourced from Altmetric data. My findings suggested that Altmetric can help find specific mentions of research in public policy documents that would otherwise go unreported in REF impact […]

In England, the recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise is using “real world” impact for the first time to determine how much money institutions will be allocated from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In this post, we examine the REF results and discuss the possibilities for documenting such impacts using altmetrics. At […]

We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a brand new design for the Altmetric details pages. The new details pages are now appearing on the Altmetric Explorer, Altmetric for Institutions, and the free Altmetric Bookmarklet. (They’ll also be made available on publicly-accessible publisher details pages soon.) Read on to find out about the new features we’ve added, and […]

Introducing Bookmetrix This week, the London Book Fair saw the launch of Bookmetrix, an exciting new book metrics platform that we have built in partnership with Springer. The project was born after Martijn Roelandse (Manager Publishing Innovation at Springer), Euan Adie (Founder of Altmetric), and Milan Wielinga (EVP Strategy and M&A at Springer) began brainstorming ways to showcase the […]

One of the things that appealed to me when I joined Altmetric recently was the distinctive visual ‘donut’ that illustrates the various different sources of attention that an article has attracted. I really like how the donut’s fixed number of slices forces the eye to appreciate the approximate proportions of an article’s sources. Any visualisation […]

Has your work been referenced in public policy? Whenever we talk to people about altmetrics, we explain how the attention data we collect may be able to help identify non-traditional forms of impact. So rather than only relying on citation counts and other traditional bibliometrics, we’re also interested in finding about the impact of research […]

The score in the middle of the Altmetric donut visualization gives you a quick idea of the level of attention that a paper has received. We get a lot of positive feedback from authors about it – but we also sometimes hear legitimate worries from some editors and institutional repositories that it might make researchers […]

If you’ve browsed through the Altmetric data recently, you might have noticed a silver stripe in many of our donuts. The new silver stripe represents a brand new source of online academic attention: open peer review platforms. Following from an earlier announcement about our partnership with Publons, we recently launched a new “peer reviews” tab […]

We are pleased to announce that from today Altmetric will supply social media data from Twitter, G+, Reddit, and Facebook for individual researcher profiles on impactstory.org. Launched in 2012, ImpactStory enables researchers to create a personal profile that tracks and shares citations, downloads, and online mentions of their scholarly papers, datasets, software, and other products. […]

One of the great things about altmetrics is that they can bring to your attention papers which may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Unless you have the time to endlessly trawl table of contents or RSS alerts, keeping up with the big news and developments in your field of interest is often a challenge. With this […]