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Created in 2014, WeShareScience is an online platform for researchers to post videos showcasing their latest work. We spoke to site creator Ryan Watkins, Professor of Educational Leadership at George Washington University, to find out more about the site and what he’s aiming to achieve. Could you tell us a bit about your site? How did it get started and what are you aiming to achieve? Like many ideas, WeShareScience emerged out of frustration and curiosity. As a professor of educational technology, much of my work cuts across many fields and disciplines. Read More
Nominate your favourite arts, humanities and social science blogs for a chance to win a £25/$25 Amazon voucher!  Altmetric already monitors over 11,000 blogs from a variety of disciplines on a real-time basis looking for mentions of published research – be it a book, article, dataset or other output type. All of the mentions found are displayed on the related details page for the item, which is easily accessible by clicking on the Altmetric badge where you see it on institutional repositories or publisher websites. In doing so we’re hoping to help … Read More
Not everyone wants their discussions of research tracked / Image CC-BY-SA savageblackout/Flickr The team here at Altmetric has been recently pondering the extent to which our status as a “Big Data” company (and that of other altmetrics aggregators, by extension) might challenge individuals’ privacy when discussing research on social media. On the one hand, we mostly track public conversations surrounding research. On the other, many social media users feel that while others can view their conversations in theory, they are having personal conversations that are not intended for anyone but their followers to see (e.g., doctors talking amongst themselves, … Read More
Last week we hosted our latest #Altmetchat with Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. We chatted to Sam about what inspired him to get into Science Communication, why researchers should care about Science Communication, his love of poetry and much more.      Similar to our last #Altmetchat, we asked a question to our followers on the days leading up to the interview. We’re still receiving answers so please feel free to send in your response to our question by tagging it with #Altmetchat: Sam gave some … Read More
  1st April 2017 — Are you a star researcher? Do you excel in every aspect of your role and outpace all of your colleagues in public speaking appearances, news interviews, citation counts, typing speed, next-level procrastination, and also general all-round kudos?   The AltmetriX Factor wants you!   During the show researchers will be asked to pitch their ideas for new projects, in a song and dance routine, to a panel of expert judges, including Altmetric’s Founder Euan Adie, world-famous donut ambassador President Icinghower, and the ghost of Charles Darwin. Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for March! 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 papers all come from high-impact journals. They are at times game-changing, controversial, groovy and thought-provoking. If they have anything in common, it’s that they all prompt potential changes in the way we think about how the world and its living systems work or worked in the past.   Great Barrier Reef. Image credit: Wise Hok Wai Lum, Wiki. Paper #1. Ode to Corals. Our first High Five paper, … Read More
Whilst altmetrics can help you track the conversations around your published work, the data can also have practical applications to directly assist with the process of conducting research. In this post I’m going to take you through the different ways in which altmetrics can help you find new research partnerships and collaborators for your next project!   Tracking the discussion Altmetric collate all mentions of tracked research in details pages which are an easily navigable dashboard of who is talking about each piece of research, what they’re saying and where. Mentions … Read More
Following on from the success of last autumn’s relaunched Altmetric Explorer for Institutions, this week we upgraded all of our publisher customers to the brand new Altmetric Explorer for Publishers (EFP v2)! Since 2012, the Explorer for Publishers has been used by publishing editors, marketing teams, and press officers to monitor and report on the attention data received by their journal articles. After the introduction of Altmetric tracking for books and chapters last year, we also added over a million new records to the Explorer database (available with … Read More
This post was written by Adrian Stanley, Vice President of Publisher Business Development at Digital Science, and posted on the Digital Science blog on the 15th March. The original post can be found here. As previously posted by Digital Science, The STEM Fellowship Big Data Challenge is a unique endeavor and learning experiment. Focused on the development of the new generation of students’ natural data analysis talents, it  is a creative and inspirational grass-roots event that Digital Science, Altmetric, Overleaf and Figshare were proud to support. The competition aspect added a nice buzz to the event, with four different … Read More
The following guest post was written by Kornelia Junge, Senior Research Manager at Wiley and Altmetric Ambassador.  Traditionally the verdict about the quality of a piece of research has been left to the researcher’s peers, assuming that they are the only ones qualified enough to judge. Also, in many cases they would be the only ones actually interested enough to read the article. Although the general public can quickly find scientific content on the web these days, many authors still look only towards their peers for evaluation. But meanwhile there are several parties who need to evaluate research without … Read More