Altmetric Blog

In the second in the two-part blog post, Juergen Wastl, Director of Academic Relations and Consultancy at Digital Science, explains how the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions can assist preparations for REF 2021. In our blog post published yesterday we looked back at REF 2014 and provided a view on how altmetrics could have assisted in REF 2014 submission preparations. In this blog post we look at how the Altmetric Explorer can support the preparations for REF 2021. The Explorer for Institutions is an intuitive platform that enables you to monitor the online activity … Read More
In the first in a two-part blog post, Juergen Wastl, Director of Academic Relations and Consultancy at Digital Science, explains how Altmetric data can support REF 2021 REF submission preparations. Following the final consultation on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in mid October 2018, UK higher education institutions (HEIs) are now ramping up preparations for REF 2021 – with the deadline for submissions rapidly approaching in November 2020. In this blog post we will look back at REF 2014 and provide a view on how altmetrics could have assisted in REF 2014 submission preparations and how they can … Read More
In another of our monthly blog post written by Science Wordsmith Lucy Goodchild, we explore the findings and attention around a piece of research published in the previous month that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast here. A Nature commentary with the support of 850 signatories has generated the highest Altmetric attention score of all time. What if our collective scientific knowledge was structured around an arbitrary threshold, a change to which could alter our assessment of scientific findings, shifting the basis on which policy is built and, … Read More
Introducing our latest Altmetric Explorer filters: Funders & Open Access Status. Register for our webinar on May 28th for demonstration of how this new functionality will allow users to quickly see and report on the engagement around funded research, understand the influence Open Access has on online attention and much more. We’re very pleased to announce that today we’ve introduced some crucial new functionality to the Altmetric Explorer. Our new search and filter options will allow you to find out how and by whom research funded by a specific organization and/or published Open Access has been discussed online. Read More
Implementation Manager, Charlotte Perry-Houts, walks through how to share your published research online so that it gets tracked by Altmetric. You’ve just published your research online – congratulations! Whether you’ve posted a preprint, uploaded a data set to a repository, or reached the end of the peer review journey and seen your article go online, you’re probably excited to share your work with the world. Altmetric can start tracking attention to your research as soon as it goes online! To ensure that Altmetric captures your mentions, it helps to understand how we track attention to research. This diagram illustrates … Read More
In another of our monthly blog post written by Science Wordsmith Lucy Goodchild, we explore the findings and attention around a piece of research published in the previous month that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast here. Why an Annals of Internal Medicinestudy replicating previous results hit the headlines When Dr. Anders Hviid published his latest study, he didn’t expect it to get the attention it did – after all, he had done a similar study 17 years earlier with the very same results. But given the current momentum of the antivaxx movement, any new study showing … Read More
Since 2016, Altmetric has awarded an annual research grant to fund research that facilitates new insights into altmetrics as part of the wider scholarly agenda. The grant supports projects that would not otherwise receive the necessary funding, and has been open for three consecutive years to academics, researchers and librarians interested in doing research in the altmetrics space. In the three years since the inception of the award, some very talented awardees have used the funds for research into diverse aspects of altmetrics.  In this blog post, we look back on our past grant winners and what they have achieved. Papers, … Read More
With a growing demand from funders and universities for researchers to engage with the public, altmetrics are seeing increased interest across academia. Altmetrics are used by researchers worldwide as a complement to citation-based data when attempting to track the influence of their work and the success of their online engagement activities. Trends in altmetrics can be used to understand engagement with disciplinary research, especially in the biological sciences–an area that sees relatively high levels of attention online. By learning from altmetrics data, microbiologists can sharpen their public outreach strategies to increase engagement with the research they … Read More
In another of our monthly blog post written by Science Wordsmith Lucy Goodchild, we explore the findings and attention around a piece of research published in the previous month that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast here. How global coverage of a paper in The Lancet could help transform our food system Food is something we all have in common: as humans, we need to eat in order to survive. But food can have negative impacts, both on human health and on the environment. Obesity rates are soaring in some populations, while hunger is ravaging others. Monoculture crops are … Read More
At Altmetric, we’re keen to see our data used to make advances in scholarly communication. To that end, we offer an annual research grant of up to $2,000 USD for a project that makes new discoveries about how research is shared and discussed online. Since 2016, the Altmetric Research Grant has funded research into: How to identify the research that will later make it into public policy documentsWho adds scholarly citations to Wikipedia articles, and when and how they do itHow research is shared in China and amongst the Chinese-speaking diaspora via WeChat “Official Accounts” For … Read More