Category: Interactions

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 […]

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). […]

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 […]

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 […]

This month, medical topics dominated our High Five list. Some papers that received the most attention came from the New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. PLOS ONE also captured public imagination with 2 curious and headline-grabbing articles. Here’s another monthly wrap-up of 5 of the most highly mentioned articles from […]

Newsworthy papers dominated the High Five list for October. As usual, there was an emphasis on health-related matters, although a significant archaeological find and an interesting psychological study both captured public attention as well. Curiously, only 2 journals, Science and BMJ, captured all 5 top spots on this list. Here’s another monthly wrap-up of 5 […]

Searching for great blogs When I was a grad student studying pharmacology, I started blogging about science. Later on, my interest in writing and reading research blogs drew me into the altmetrics world. Since joining Altmetric as the data curator and blog editor, I’ve written a lot about the impact of blogs. In contrast, the data […]

September was quite a bizarre month for scholarly conversations. Cognition, light sabres, monster volcanoes, and (ahem) men’s private parts were all discussion topics. Here’s another monthly wrap-up of 5 new and popular articles picked from the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 1 October 2013.   1. Attractive photons in a quantum nonlinear medium Published […]

What kinds of research did people talk about in August? This time, the papers were all about being human, and the things in our world (including Facebook and climate change!) that affect us. Here’s another monthly wrap-up of 5 new and popular articles picked from the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 31 August […]

A few weeks ago, I was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic of the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre. I was here for a very special reason: to meet with a few people who, nearly 13 years ago, authored an essay that would later become the most popular scholarly paper to ever […]