Altmetric Blog

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
To celebrate this Academic Book Week we are pleased to release a report which sums up the learnings from a pilot project undertaken jointly by the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) and Altmetric. The aim of the project, which ran throughout 2017, was to understand how altmetrics could support the many functions of a university press: recruiting new monograph ideas and authors, marketing a press’s current publications and backlist, tracking sales, and more. The six participating university presses were given access to the Altmetric Explorer and in exchange the presses provided us with detailed metadata … Read More
Suze Kundu, Head of Community Engagement at Digital Science, investigates the insights and trends in the gender balance of authors featured in the 2018 Altmetric Top 100. For each of the last six years, Altmetric have provided us with a little Christmas present in the form of the Altmetric Top 100. Collated at the end of each year, the Top 100 delivers a rundown of the hundred articles of that year that gained the most attention. Often these mirror major world events, such as the destruction of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2013 and the Zika virus … 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 the results of a trial in the New England Journal of Medicine hit the headlines The world has been captivated by sunshine pills: vitamin D supplements hold so much promise, having been hailed as a miracle cure for a whole range of things, from bone strength to immune system function to cancer reduction. But do they really have such a … Read More
Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research Relations at Altmetric, breaks down five of the most useful and interesting tidbits about Altmetric data.    Though Altmetric’s name is practically synonymous with altmetrics as a larger field of practice, there are a lot of things the larger community may not know about our data and how we track it! We’ve collected 95.8 million mentions of 12.4 million works to date, across 17 distinct types of data sources. Altmetric tracks research in all its diverse formats: books, articles, data sets, clinical trials, book chapters, news stories, websites, blog posts, reports, white papers, and … Read More
In the first of our new regular monthly blog posts 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 a sleep study in Science Advances caught the world’s attention. Teenagers are lazy. They sleep in, they’re tired when they go to school and they don’t perform as well as they could. Sound familiar? Teenagers hear this kind of criticism a lot. Yet, on the whole, it’s not laziness but biology that’s making them sleep longer – and … Read More
In this post, scientometrics researcher and 2018 Altmetric Research Grant recipient Shenmeng Xu describes how the design of China’s largest social network, WeChat, may affect what we know about how science is communicated. Altmetrics sourced from social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and ResearchGate have been studied a lot to date. WeChat (微信), China’s largest social network, is different from the above-mentioned tools in many aspects, including the technological functionalities, user groups, languages used, among others—and in the fact that it is relatively unstudied among scientometrics researchers. With the growing number and internationalization of users, WeChat has become an important platform for scholarly communication, offering … Read More