Altmetric Blog

The following post was written by Sara Rouhi, Director of Business Development (NA): As someone who spends a lot of time talking to customers using Altmetric data, I hear the following piece of feedback frequently: I feel like I’m just scratching the surface of this data. I know there’s more I can do with it but I don’t know how to start. It’s true! The terrabytes of data that Altmetric collects in real time — mentions across 16 different source channels, captured in 20+ languages, 24/7/365 — are grains of sand mixed … Read More
Altmetric recently partnered with the Open Syllabus Project in order to track mentions of books in syllabi. In this post, I’d like to share some of the scientometrics research that inspired our decision. As far back as 1998, scientometricians have recognized the value of mining online course syllabi for references to research: “[References to research in syllabi] could, over time, provide a useful metric by which to gauge the extent to which a given professor’s (or research group’s) work…has diffused into the classroom. Syllabus-related mentions could, in theory, provide a useful complementary measure alongside, [among other … Read More
A new advancement in altmetrics  Altmetric celebrated its 5th birthday this month. Looking back, it’s exciting to see what we’ve accomplished as members of the wider scholarly community. Thanks to the passionate advocacy of our early adopters, a growing number of publishers, universities, and other organisations now actively incorporate our altmetrics data into their reporting of non-traditional impacts. And now, we have a new milestone that we’re extremely proud to tell you about. Two years after the original Altmetric Explorer for Institutions (EFI) was first released, this week we are unveiling the new and improved EFI version … Read More
The following post was written by Ben McLeish, Product Sales Manager at Altmetric.  One of the greatest challenges facing our customers is the greater understanding of how research impacts policy guidelines authored by the world’s leading advisory and Non Governmental Organisations and similar institutions, and, in a second step, the understanding of how such guidelines, once implemented, can be tied to real-world effects much further down the line. Whole organisations are dedicated to answering this question, and so I wanted to give an example of how the difficult connection between your research and practical implications of implementing guidelines can … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric Agony Aunt special! In each of these posts I’ll be tackling some of the frequently asked questions we receive from different audiences on how they can get started with altmetrics and make best use of our data. Our first installment provides some handy tips for anyone in a research communications role within an institution: Dear Josh, I’m a Research Communications Officer at my institution and my boss has told me that I’m in charge of finding and reporting on the altmetrics for our research – help! I’m not sure … Read More
Millions of dollars per year are poured into building digital library technology: digitizing content and creating the open source infrastructure that supports countless researchers. But surprisingly, not much is known about how digital library collections are actually being used! Here, I’ve shared some expert recommendations for the best quantitative and qualitative data to collect in your digital library assessment efforts, as well as tools you can use to streamline data collection. Altmetrics services are obviously an important part of your assessment toolkit, and this post describes both altmetrics services and DIY approaches you can use to collect this genre of … Read More
Ambassador of the month for September is Andy Tattersall! Andy is an Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. He writes and gives talks on altmetrics as well as digital academia, learning technology, scholarly communications, open research, web tools and social media. In particular, Andy’s expertise lies in these topics’ application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and collaboration. Andy is a member of The University of Sheffield’s Teaching Senate and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He  is also Secretary for … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five! 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 theme is solved (maybe) mysteries.   Greenland Shark. Image credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program Paper #1. Meet the Greenland Shark, The longest-lived Vertebrate Our first High Five paper this month is “Eye lens radiocarbon reveals centuries of longevity in the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus),” a report published in Science magazine. The paper provides evidence, through radiocarbon dating of eye tissue, that the Greenland shark … Read More
This post is contributed by Mike Taylor, and was originally posted on the Digital Science blog.  It’s been a great personal pleasure for me to have worked on the last two sell-out Altmetrics Conferences in London and Amsterdam. Thankfully, in my new role at Digital Science, my relationship with the conference continues! At 2:AM last year, the organizers heard from many people desperate to host this year’s conference, and we’re delighted that 3:AM will be heading to South-East Europe in September. This year, the conference organizers will be making the short flight from London to Romania, where we’ll be … Read More
The field of altmetrics is fast-changing, with new research coming out weekly that gives us new insights as to altmetrics’ many meanings, interpretations, and uses. Plus, altmetrics themselves are ever-changing: new data sources are constantly appearing and often being deprecated across the major altmetrics services. Keeping up with all these changes can be a bit of a bear. We’ve compiled a list of resources (social media streams, conferences, journals, and researchers) that can help! These resources are current as of August 2016. Journals to read High-quality altmetrics research is often published in the following journals: Journal of the Association … Read More