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The following guest post was written by Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. Communicating your science with different audiences is a vital part of academic research. As well as being a requirement for most doctoral training programmes and grant applications, it is also an altruistic responsibility of scientists to ensure that the wider society is aware of the research that is being conducted and how it might impact on them and their communities. However, science communication is a vast landscape and knowing where to start and how to be effective can be quite daunting. As such, I … Read More
Last week, the entire Digital Science family was thrilled to finally announce the Dimensions platform to the world. We at Altmetric were especially excited, as we played a major role by developing a related product: the Dimensions badges. Dimensions badges are interactive visualizations that showcase the citation data for individual publications. Each publication that is indexed in the Dimensions database gets its own badge. Although the first thing you see on every Dimensions badge is the citation count, clicking through to the accompanying details page reveals even more useful information, from new citation performance metrics such … Read More
We’re looking forward to seeing you at upcoming conferences, meetings and events this year! We’ll be giving presentations, workshops and manning booths across the globe and we’d love to meet you and give you an update on the latest product developments, partnerships and integrations we’ve been working on, including IOP Publishing, the Association of University Presses, Amazon and many more! Here’s where we’ll be: ISMPP European meeting, 23rd – 24th January, London, UK Ben … Read More
Happy New Year and welcome to the Altmetric High Five for December 2017, where we look back on the hottest papers of the 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. This month’s High Five papers could all be turned into New Year’s resolutions: Don’t get baited by cyber-trolls, watch your weight, forget the calcium pills, eat your vegetables, and be kinder to yourself when you come down with the flu (especially if you are a man!)   Credit: John Bauer – … Read More
2017 has gone in the blink of an eye, and as we approach the new year we thought we’d take a moment to look back over the top Altmetric discoveries, tips and developments from the last 12 months – read on to be ready to tackle 2018 head on! Here are just some of the highlights:   1. Making sense of the mentions means a lot We released some big new product updates this year, including the Export Mentions feature in the Explorer, which gave people the ability to get a whole new level of … Read More
2017 saw an explosive growth in the number of researchers investigating Altmetric’s data, with some pretty cool results! Thanks to the 30+ publications, presentations, and theses/dissertations that researchers have released, we’ve learned (among many other things) that: The percentage of research discussed online doubled between 2011 and 2015; For ornithology research, higher Altmetric Attention Scores are correlated with a 112% increase in citation rate; and In chemistry, publishing Open Access leads to more online attention for female authors Here are some of the many Open Access* research outputs resulting … Read More
Once again we find ourselves just a few weeks away from the holidays and diving in to the most popular articles from the year in the annual Altmetric Top 100! The list showcases research that has really caught the attention of a broader audience in the last 12 months, and this year reveals some very topical conversations. Much of the most discussed research speaks to the broader social zeitgeist: tackling gender stereotypes, the stigmas around mental illness, robots taking our jobs and the effects of climate change are all covered. The top 3 papers of 2017 are: … Read More
Last month, we launched a contest inviting our users to tell us how Altmetric has advanced their careers, helped them in their jobs, and benefitted their organizations. We received fantastic entries from around the world, from researchers, librarians, and publishers alike. Ultimately, the contest winner was Rajiv Nariani from York University in Toronto, Canada. Congrats, Rajiv! With Rajiv’s permission, we’re sharing his winning entry answer to the question, “How has Altmetric helped you?” here: Altmetrics have helped start conversations about research metrics at York University. These discussions … Read More
Dr. Suze Kundu is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Surrey as a well as a presenter, writer and keynote speaker. Her recent work includes contributions to Forbes, Standard Issue and BuzzFeed as well as presenting at this years SpotOn event. We interviewed Suze about her current projects, her favourite channels to communicate science on, tips for researchers new to science communication and much more. Check out the Storify below to read the full interview: [<a href=”//storify.com/cataltmetric/altmetchat-with-dr-suze-kundu” target=”_blank”>View the story “Altmetchat with Dr. Suze Kundu” on Storify</a>]   … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for November! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. Our papers this month feature mostly feel-good findings, but sometimes with a twist. For example, researchers this month describe a brand new species of orangutan… that is already endangered. Read on for more good news… with a twist.     Dogs bowing to initiate play. Credit: Thomas Zimmermann, Wikimedia. Paper #1. Man’s best friend Our first High Five paper bring great news for dog lovers. The study, “ … Read More