Altmetric Blog

This is the second in a series of blog posts on the role Twitter plays in scholarly communication. This post is by, scientometrics researchers, Stefanie Haustein, Germana Barata and Juan Pablo Alperin. One of the initial hopes of altmetrics, particularly those based on tweets, was that they might help to democratize the data we use to understand research impact and make measures fairer by reducing geographical and language biases. Unlike citation data from the US-centric Web of Science, which by definition does not cover journals … Read More
We are pleased to be publishing a series of blogs authored by scientometrics researcher Stefanie Haustein over the coming weeks. This is the first post of a five-post series. This first post in our mini series analyzes the What of scholarly Twitter data and thus focuses on what kind of content gets tweeted. We will explore if people link to scholarly papers when they tweet about research and will identify which document types, scholarly disciplines and journals receive the most attention on Twitter. Even though it would be highly informative towards our understanding of … Read More
We are pleased to be publishing a series of blogs authored by scientometrics researcher Stefanie Haustein over the coming weeks. In this post, Stefanie introduces her blog series with an overview of the role that Twitter–one of the most-studied altmetrics of all time–plays in scholarly communication. It’s almost been a decade since altmetrics and social media-based metrics were introduced. Since those early days they have been heralded as indicators of the societal impact of research—after all we all like, comment and share things on social media. An early study had seen tweets to … Read More
Welcome to the May High Five! On a monthly basis, the High Five post highlights the papers that have received the most attention from a particular attention source type – whether it’s blogs, policy documents, Twitter, Wikipedia, or something else! This month we’ll be focusing on the papers published in May that we’ve tracked the most attention for on Reddit. #1 Heroin Hypothesis Photo by Brian Turner under CC 2.0 Our first paper is “Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed” published in British Medical Journal, … Read More
The following guest blog post was written by Elizabeth Brophy, Journals Publishing Manager at John Wiley & Sons: Questions are what drive academic publishing. As a journal publisher, I am driven by the questions of the authors and editors I work with, and, in the ever-evolving publishing landscape, questions surrounding the presence, use, and impact of research articles online are becoming more prominent. These are the questions Altmetric can help us answer; many publishers, as well as libraries and institutions, now use Altmetric to track research outputs online, and whilst the way Altmetric presents its data has changed over … Read More
As you may know, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation will be in force starting on 25 May 2018. At Altmetric, we take the privacy of our users very seriously, and are working hard so we’re fully compliant with the new law when it comes into effect. We’re currently in the process of updating our Privacy Policy with more detailed explanations about personal information that we collect and use through our website, products, and marketing activities. One of the most important areas that we’ll cover in this new policy … Read More
Welcome to the April High Five! On a monthly basis, the High Five post highlights the papers that have received the most attention from a particular attention source type – whether it’s blogs, policy documents, Twitter, Wikipedia, or something else! This month we’ll be focusing on the papers published in April that we’ve tracked the most attention for on Wikipedia. #1 How many butterflies? Image credit: David Raju https://www.naturetrek.co.uk/tour.aspx?id=549 Our first paper is “Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India” published … Read More
Over the last few years I’ve had the chance to talk with dozens of universities and research institutes who’ve had funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, whose evaluation dates are now, to many a sweating researcher’s brow, looming ever closer. During that time, one of the most keenly sought after areas for support from the Altmetric service has been that part of funding evaluation known as “Innovation Actions”.   Innovation is directly tied to Funding “Innovation Actions” are critical measures to the success of the research being funded by beneficiaries of the Horizon 2020 … Read More
Updating your Altmetric Explorer for Institutions (EFI) instance without a Research Information Management System just got a whole lot easier! We’re proud to announce a new Altmetric EFI feature, the CSV Uploader tool. The new tool quickly and easily walks EFI administrators through the process of updating their institution’s data in Altmetric using comma separated value (CSV) spreadsheet files containing their publications and department data. Institutional repositories and Research Information Management System like Symplectic Elements have historically been the most common ways to add data to Altmetric Explorer for Institutions. But not everyone has … Read More
Welcome to the March High Five! On a monthly basis, the High Five post highlights the papers that have received the most attention from a particular attention source type – whether it’s blogs, policy documents, Twitter, Wikipedia, or something else! This month we’ll be focusing on the papers published in March that we’ve tracked the most attention for in blogs. Altmetric indexes more than eleven thousand blogs #1 Are your facts alternative? Image credit: Marcus Kelman Our first paper is “The spread of true and false news online … Read More