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The Altmetric Explorer provides search and analytical capabilities to help you understand trends and gather insights in Altmetric data. It also lets you run reports and download data for analysis using tools such as Excel. Explorer is divided into 7 tabs; you can dig into attention for any search by using the different tabs located at the top of the database. This quick overview will introduce you to each tab, but to learn more about the interface and searching, view an introductory guide for Institutions, Publishers, or Pharma.  In the upper right corner of each tab, you will … Read More
In this post, Stacy Konkiel, Senior Data Analyst at Altmetric, highlights the most cited and discussed altmetrics-related research published this year. In 2020, over 100 articles, preprints, and book chapters were published based on analyses of Altmetric data—far too many to list in a single blog post! So, we’re changing things up for our annual “research roundup”. Here, I’ve highlighted the most discussed and cited Altmetric-related research published in 2020. Top altmetrics research, by Altmetric Attention Score Twitter promotion predicts citation rates of cardiovascular articles: a preliminary analysis from … Read More
Lucy Goodchild explores the findings and attention around a piece of research published recently that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast episode here. Your alarm goes off. You stretch, wearily peel yourself out of bed and head straight for the coffee maker. At least, that’s what hundreds of millions of people do around the world every day. Globally, we drink an estimated 2.25 billion cups of coffee a day, making coffee beans one of the world’s biggest commodities. But why do we love it so much, and should we be worried about drinking it? According to … Read More
Over the last few years, one of the leading criticisms of the OA movement is that it seems to prioritise research in the so-called STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine) at the expense of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. To some extent, this is a valid criticism, although it can be partially justified by understanding that STEM research is by far, the larger proportion of research outputs, particularly in English. Where we have seen research into the benefits of OA publishing – in terms of increased downloads, citations – or broader and social impact … Read More
Lucy Goodchild explores the findings and attention around a piece of research published recently that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast episode here. Every year, between 4.8 and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean. Most of the research and interventions focus on the plastic that floats at or near the surface. But what about the denser items that sink to the bottom? Surprisingly, LEGO is one of the items often found piling up on the seabed. It can get caught up in fishing nets or washed up on the shore … Read More
Those of you who are interested in current affairs may have noticed that a certain biomedical phenomenon has occupied much of the media’s attention over the last few months. Since we’ve covered this before, in both webinars and blog posts, I’ve decided to mostly look in a different direction and write about the other things that have been getting attention in the last three months. Not that we can get away from COVID19! As we’ve talked about before, the interest in research into the novel coronavirus has been as immense as the volume of … Read More
Lucy Goodchild explores the findings and attention around a piece of research published recently that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast episode here. Sixty-six million years ago, three-quarters of the animal and plant species on Earth were wiped out. This mass extinction – known as the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event – meant the end of the celebrities of the dinosaur world: Tyrannosaurus rex, Ankylosaurus and Triceratops were among the casualties. It’s widely agreed that the cause of the extinction was a decades-long winter that made survival impossible for most species. Something blocked out the sun and … Read More
With academic institutions starting back up after the summer holidays, now is a great opportunity to look for new working practices to effectively support your researchers and efficiently report on the reach and influence of your research.  In our most recent guides, articles, case studies and webinars we have introduced methods of getting started with using altmetrics and Altmetric tools, how to make the most of our latest product updates and provided user stories from institutions across the globe. These new resources aim to provide you with helpful tips for getting started with using altmetrics in … Read More
Lucy Goodchild explores 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 episode here. Whether it’s a Van Dyke, a Hulihee or a full beard, facial hair appears to have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the last decade, with 42 percent of British men sporting facial hair by the end of 2016. But fashion aside, why do humans grow beards in the first place? What sort of biological benefit does it afford, if any? This is a topic that Dr. David … Read More
Staying up to date with the latest trends in the topics you publish in can be challenging. In our recent webinars for publishers, we have focused on how you can use altmetrics data to stay ahead of the curve and boost your commissioning and promotional strategies as well as refresh your organizational identity. In this collection of free on-demand webinars, you will receive actionable insights that your editorial and marketing teams can apply directly to day-to-day tasks as well as long term planning.   Informing commissioning and data-driven decisions In this webinar, … Read More