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We’ve had a great week learning about how Altmetric came to be what it is today. To wrap up our #altmetricorigins campaign we thought we’d take a look back over some the biggest milestones for Altmetric since it started in 2011!   Launch of Altmetric and the Explorer for Publishers Altmetric was Founded by Euan Adie in 2011. After winning the Elsevier Apps for Science competition Euan was able to develop the first version of the Altmetric Explorer, which launched in February 2012. Altmetric received investment from Digital Science in June 2012 and are still … Read More
This post is a recap of preliminary research that I and Altmetric software developer Abheer Kolhatkar shared at the 3:AM conference in September 2016. Regionally relevant social networks can tell us a lot about how research is shared and discussed in certain countries. In this post, we describe surprising differences between how Russian-authored and British-authored research is discussed on VKontakte (a major Russian social network) and Facebook (a global social network). VKontakte is Russia’s #1 social network A screenshot of a public VK profile … Read More
Our Ambassador of the Month for November is Josiline Chigwada, Sub Librarian at the Bindura University of Science and Education (BUSE) Library! Josiline has been an Altmetric Ambassador since August 2015 and has been spreading the word about altmetrics to colleagues and academics throughout her institution ever since. Josiline is also very involved with the research metrics community, having recently produced a research project looking at the take up of altmetrics for use in research funding in Zimbabwe and presenting her findings at this years 3:AM conference … Read More
Last Thursday we hosted our latest Twitter interview, this time with Digital Science’s Head of Metrics Development Mike Taylor. Mike joined the team at Digital Science earlier this year, having previously worked in Elsevier’s R&D group and metrics & analytics team. It was really interesting to read his answers about his new role, his involvement in the metrics (and theatre) community, research he’s been doing (not just on the uncertainty of spinach) and what he thinks is next for the field of altmetrics.  For this #altmetchat we decided to take a slightly different … Read More
This year’s Altmetricon event was well attended by altmetrics enthusiasts, users and knowledge seekers from publishing, funding and academic sectors – all ready for a day of presentations and stimulating discussions around altmetrics and their use. The morning sessions began with an insightful talk from Simon Porter, VP of Academic Relationships and Knowledge Architecture at Digital Science. Simon spoke about the state of the researcher information and the part that we, as a community, play in its expansion. Some important issues were brought up in Simon’s talk, including the importance of information that identifies people … Read More
Promoting your research online is vital if you need to provide evidence of the online engagement for your work, particularly when applying for promotion or tenure and funding. In this post I’ll be sharing the tips as well as the tools you’ll need to spread the word about your work and efficiently manage your online reputation. 1. Put together a strategy Like all good plans it’s best to start by thinking about who you want to reach! Begin by thinking about which researchers and other audiences will be interested in your work; the disciplines they work … Read More
This is a guest post contributed by Gwilym Lockwood. Gwilym did his PhD in the neuroscience of language at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He now works as a trainee data visualisation consultant for The Information Lab in London. It can feel like the divide between scientists and the public is becoming increasingly partisan, with the media portraying scientists as out of touch and the public as reluctant to engage with research. One way to examine this divide is to look at how scientists and members of the public interact with research on social media. 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 most popular research papers are all about the human body, from aging, to disease, to the neuroscience of lying. With a bit of star dust mixed in! Image credit: Charline Tetiyevsky, Flickr.com Paper #1. Age Limit Our first High Five paper is “Evidence for a limit to human lifespan,” published in Nature this month. The study authors analyzed global demographic data, and found that “improvements in … Read More
This post was contributed by Dr. Lauren Cadwallader, winner of Altmetric’s first annual Research Grant and Open Access Research Advisor in the Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge University Library. Earlier this year I was awarded the first annual Altmetric.com Research Grant to carry out a proof-of-concept study into the patterns of online attention received by journal articles that are incorporated into policy documents. I was planning to look at the types and timings of attention that papers received before they were incorporated into a policy document, to see if there was some way to help research administrators make … Read More
Last year on Halloween it was the asteroid headed for earth that caught the attention of scientists. Disaster averted, we’ve plunged into the Altmetric database to see what’s in stall for this year…. Hold on tight to your broomsticks! The psychology of fright and Halloween horrors Trick or treat? This research looks at why we seek out experiences that we know will expose us to dread, disgust and terror, and examines what influences enjoyment of horror movies. The authors found that people who find horror appealing tend to enjoy heavy metal … Read More