Altmetric Blog

The sun is just about shining (finally, summer!) over our office in London, but we’ve barely got any time to enjoy it before we’ll be hitting the conference scene again! We’ve had loads of exciting developments recently, including the addition of Scopus citations to our Explorer platforms, an integration with Dimensions, and all the work we’ve been doing around Altmetric for books. There’s still a lot in progress and we’re looking forward to making some big announcements in the near future. We’ll be at the following conferences in the next few months so please do stop by … Read More
On Thursday last week we hosted our second #Altmetchat, this time with Atila Iamarino. Atila is a science communicator at Nerdologia, Brazil’s largest science YouTube channel with almost 1.5 million subscribers, where they explain pop culture using science. We asked Atila a a series of questions focusing of his use of altmetrics when tracking the attention his work has received, what he finds are the most effective tools for promoting research online, his work with Brazilian online scientific library SciELO and what he thinks the future of altmetrics is. We also had some great questions from our Twitter … Read More
Following our announcement earlier this year that Altmetric is now tracking attention for thousands of scholarly books we’ve been exploring in a lot more depth how books are shared and discussed online. Although we’re already tracking ‘mentions’ to both the publisher and Google Books version of titles from news outlets, social networks, Wikipedia and many other online forums, our focus has now shifted to adding new sources of attention that align more specifically to the online activity surrounding books. As a first step … Read More
In my last post, I shared some of the basics for becoming a science outreach superhero: identifying goals and devising an outreach strategy, creating good headshots and bios to introduce you to others, and a handful of approaches to writing for the web that can establish you as an expert in your field and help you find and build community. But if not executed intelligently, the above outreach tactics can become a huge time sink. A supposedly “quick and dirty” approach to outreach can, without the proper tools and hacks, mean more work in the long run. In today’s … Read More
This month’s Ambassador of the month is Kornelia Junge, Senior Research Manager at Wiley. Kornelia has been an Altmetric Ambassador since the start of the Ambassadors program and has been promoting and giving presentations at events such as the recent IAVE meeting in Baden-Beaden, introducing researchers to altmetrics and advising colleagues on how Altmetric data can be applied to their role. Kornelia’s passion for promoting altmetrics have earned her the position of gold level Altmetric Ambassador this month. Read on to find our more about how she uses altmetrics at Wiley and why she thinks they can have practical benefits … Read More
The following was posted by Sally Gore on 3rd March 2016 on her blog ‘A Librarian by any other name’. I few weeks back, I was invited by the good folks at Altmetric to take part in a webinar to discuss my use of alternative metrics in my work as an evaluator for the UMass Center for Clinical & Translational Science. The webinar is available online, but for those who might want to see my slides and read the transcript from my part, here’s a summary: I thought that I’d start with … Read More
I was recently asked by the great folks at Open Access Academy to speak on the topic of “Building your online reputation”. A recording of the talk is above, and–in the spirit of what I shared that day–I’m also repurposing the content of that talk here, in blog post format. Enjoy! In this post, we’re going to run through some must-know tactics for building your reputation online. We’ll cover issues like self-promotion, fostering community engagement, and dealing with critiques and critics. In a follow-up post (which we’ll publish next week), we’ll also talk about measuring and understanding your … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for June! 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 theme this month is, well, humans.   Image: World map of artificial sky brightness. Falchi et al. 2016. Paper #1. Lighting up the Dark Our first High Five paper is “The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness,” an open access research article published in Science Advances in June 2016. As described in the paper, an international group of researchers developed a … Read More
The following post is authored by Dr. Lauren Cadwallader, Open Access Research Advisor in the Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge University Library and recipient of the first annual Altmetric Research Grant. Following, she explains what she plans to study in the coming months, thanks to the funding she’s received. Being from a UK institution, the words “REF” and “impact” are often heard at work so these seemed like a natural starting point for thinking about a possible research project for the Altmetric grant. Altmetric.com is a great tool for finding out who has been saying what about your … Read More
You’re probably already familiar with the Altmetric score (that handy number seen inside an Altmetric “donut”). The score is a weighted count of all of the mentions Altmetric has tracked for an individual research output, and is designed as an indicator of the amount and reach of the attention an item has received. We have now decided to formally name this indicator the Altmetric Attention Score. The new name will make it easier for newcomers to altmetrics to understand what our score indicates (the volume and likely reach of research’s attention, not quality or impact), at a glance. We’re also aiming to … Read More