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You’ve just received some great news. Your research, published recently in the Journal of Widget Technology, is receiving a lot of attention online. You log into Altmetric Explorer and download all of the discussion data for your article: hundreds of tweets, coverage in a dozen news outlets, and even a citation in a policy document! You excitedly call your co-authors to share the news. That’s interesting! they say. Is that a lot of attention? How does it compare to other widget studies research? As you hang up the phone, you realise you need a basis of comparison in order to … Read More
Hunger is a growing problem worldwide. Conflict, climate change and COVID-19 continue to threaten food security. In 2019, an estimated 2 billion people “did not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food,” according to the UN. The more people there are to feed, the worse the problem becomes. By the time you finish reading this sentence the global population will have increased by about 15 people. We are already edging toward 8 billion and by 2050 the earth will be home to 10 billion … Read More
If you care about the real-world impact of a piece of research, a reference in a report by the World Health Organization or an African Union proceedings is a gold mine. Altmetric tracks policy sources that range from UN organisations to small local think tanks. We are constantly adding new sources to our tracking. Since the beginning of 2020 our policy database has grown from 83 major sources from 23 countries up to 224 sources from 55 countries at the time of this writing – and counting! In order to add a new policy source a developer writes a custom … Read More
Prevention is central in our fight against infectious diseases, and vaccination helps ensure people can continue to lead healthy lives. According to a study in The Lancet, vaccines for ten pathogens, including hepatitis B virus, HPV and measles, will have prevented an estimated 69 million deaths between 2000 and 2030. Using models to estimate disease burden, the researchers also showed that for people born in 2019, vaccines will result in a 72% reduction in lifetime mortality. By preventing infection, illness and death, vaccination supports Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: to ensure health and well-being for all, at every … Read More
As well as tracking millions of research articles, Altmetric also tracks attention for over a million books and book chapters. This post will show you the easiest ways to search for these outputs in the Altmetric Explorer, and learn more about attention around these titles.  Filtering The first step when searching for a Book or Book Chapter is to ensure that you have the correct filters set, these are shown in the screenshot above. It is possible for a Book Chapter to have attention, but for the parent Book record to have no attention, so … Read More
In many parts of the world, water is taken for granted. Turn on a tap and it appears – clear, clean, trustworthy – whenever it’s needed. But this isn’t the case everywhere. Although decades of global efforts to ensure people have access to clean and safe water and sanitation have improved the situation somewhat, as of 2017, 2.2 billion people still lacked access to safely managed drinking water. There is a global effort to improve access to clean water and sanitation through the UN Sustainable Development Goals – specifically Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water … Read More
To all of our customers,  As some of you will have noticed over the past week, Altmetric has been experiencing some service issues, including downtime, reduced performance and misattributed data. This has been caused by a major incident at one of our infrastructure providers.  What happened? At approximately 0100am (UTC) on March 10th 2021, one of our infrastructure providers suffered a major fire, during which one of its data centres was destroyed. This caused an immediate outage for many of our services, lasting until 0335am. How have the Altmetric services been impacted? While all … Read More
This blog post will cover how you can easily save searches in Altmetric Explorer and use these saved searches to create alerts and shareable reports. These features will save you time by alerting you to the attention that is most meaningful to you, bringing recent and relevant attention to the forefront.  Saving Searches With the click of a button, you can easily save any search you run in Altmetric Explorer. Consider limiting your search to a particular journal, department at your institution, or even by publication date. In the upper right corner of any tab in … Read More
Click here to view the video tutorial that accompanies this post In Altmetric Explorer, there are a few different ways to search for research outputs of a particular author. If your institution or company has a custom Altmetric Explorer data integration, you’ll be able to quickly search for an author at your institution by name. If not, have no fear, there are a couple other ways you can search for an author. First, let’s discuss how you can search by author if your institution does have a data integration. When you … 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. “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is a phrase you’ve probably heard – or even used – and it’s often uttered by typically masculine men. Immortalized by Bon Jovi in the 1990s, the phrase conjures images of rock stars, CEOs and politicians. But why do we make that link? According to research, there’s a commonly held perception that men who sleep less are more masculine. And the psychologists behind the study believe this … Read More