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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
Welcome to Altmetric’s “High Five” for October, a discussion of 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. Appropriate for the month of Halloween, this month’s top scientific papers often border on “outlandishly” curious findings! Region that the Kepler Space Telescope can see.   Paper #1. Planet hunters find… Impact debris or an alien mega-structure? Our top paper this month is titled “Planet Hunters X. KIC 8462852 – Where’s the Flux?” The … Read More
Welcome to Altmetric’s “High Five” for July, a discussion of 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. The theme this month is shocking (and not-so-shocking) discoveries.   Tetrapodophis specimen. Credit: Dave Martill.   Paper #1. Four-legged fossil snake is a world first Our top paper this month is “A four-legged snake from the Early Cretaceous of Gondwana,” published in Science on July 24, 2015. The study, authored by researchers based in … Read More
Welcome to Altmetric’s “High Five” for June, a discussion of 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. The theme this month is BIG news. Study #1. Entering the sixth mass extinction   Close-up of the Endangered California Desert Tortoise, Gopherus agassizii. Photo (C) Paige Brown Jarreau.   Our top paper this month is “Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction,” published in Science Advances. In this study, Gerardo … Read More
Welcome to Altmetric’s “High Five” for May, a discussion of 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. The theme this month is odd discoveries. Paper #1. Warm-Blooded… Fish? Opah. Credit: NOAA Fisheries   All fish are cold-blooded ectotherms, right? You probably learned that in grade school. But now, we know that “fact” is wrong. Our top paper this month, picked up by at least 87 news outlets and 20 blogs, … Read More
For this post in our researcher blog series, we decided to examine some interesting examples of researchers integrating the data into their workflows. We also reached out to the six academics who created these examples, to review their usage and collect some feedback (positive or otherwise) about their experience of the data. Three out of the six researchers we talked to said they had first heard about Altmetric from other academics, either on Twitter or through internal communication within a university. This is interesting as it suggests that one academic’s knowledge of a tool can potentially change the behaviors of … Read More
Sarah MacLeod This is Part 2 of a special guest blog post by Sarah MacLeod, who has an MSc in Cardiovascular Physiology and Biophysics from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). Her article was selected to appear on the Altmetric blog, following the conclusion of a Interactions-style blogging project run by Dalhousie’s Department of Pharmacology and Altmetric (more details here).   Catch up on Part 1 of this post from last week. Exercise Addiction: Passion or Problem? Old New Year’s resolutions and the recent Sochi Winter Olympics may have you inspired to hit the gym. As a result, you … Read More
Sarah MacLeod This is Part 1 of a special guest blog post by Sarah MacLeod, who has an MSc in Cardiovascular Physiology and Biophysics from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). Her article was selected to appear on the Altmetric blog, following the conclusion of a Interactions-style blogging project run by Dalhousie’s Department of Pharmacology and Altmetric (more details here).   Introduction The consumer isn’t a moron; she is your wife. – David Ogilvy The phrase “consumer awareness” brings to mind how incredibly fortunate most of us are to have an excess of choices at our disposal when shopping … Read More
Thus far, this Interactions blog series has explored the online attention that flows around scholarly papers; the series has also attempted to determine how (and if) such attention provides evidence of a paper’s societal and/or academic impact. The Interactions: High Five posts examine the “top of the pops” for each month. Last year, we saw that the popularity of papers is largely determined by the reading and sharing habits of members of the public. We also saw similar popular themes crop up over and over again (notably in our 2013 Top 100 list); these tended to … Read More
As we near the end of 2013, it’s time for us at Altmetric to reflect on another fascinating year of scholarly conversations. Last December, we put together a list of the top 10 most popular articles from 2012, which was also publicised by the Nature Newsblog. Throughout the year, we also presented our “High Five” series of posts, which summed up the 5 most popular articles at the end of each month. For this year’s final wrap up, we decided to do something a bit more ambitious, and created a special microsite to showcase the … Read More