Altmetric Blog

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. For many people, Twitter is a place where you find memes and misbehaving politicians. Yet it seems the platform has a lot more to offer than entertainment: People have fallen in love, been arrested, made friends, and been hired and fired. How much can you achieve in 280 characters? If you get them right, quite a lot. According to the researchers behind a paper in PLoS Computational Biology, Twitter … Read More
This blog is based on an interview with Gemma Derrick, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University.   Metrics, and the responsible use of them, remains a hot topic for many institutions, particularly those in the UK who have been gearing up for their REF submissions.  This and other challenges were the focus of discussion at a recent Lis-bibliometrics event held at the University of Manchester earlier in 2020.  We caught up with one of the presenters from the day, Gemma Derrick, to get her take on altmetrics … 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. A kid stands in the lunch queue at school. It’s been a long morning and they’re hungry. They’re faced with an array of choices – sandwiches, salads, burgers and fries. Will they go for the healthy option? According to a recent study, their choice could be influenced by what they’ve been watching on television. In a paper in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Dr. Frans Folkvord and his … Read More
Any marketing or communications professional knows that a brand’s most vital resource is its reputation, and good media monitoring helps you protect it. Media monitoring can help you to stay on top of threats to your brand’s reputation and can help you to develop your reputation further. But did you know that the Altmetric Explorer can complement your media monitoring tool?  By using Altmetric in tandem with existing media monitoring services you will have a more robust process for capturing the detail of the conversation around your research, and celebrating your successes with a broader audience. 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. In the depths of the Madagascan jungle, a frog sits next to a pond on the forest floor, barking out its distinctive call – five pulsed notes delivered loudly among the symphony of about 150,000 species that are endemic to the island. It’s relatively new territory for the frog – over the course of several decades, it has been forced gradually higher, by more than half a kilometer … Read More
Being able to deliver messaging that effectively influences your target audience is the dream of any marketing team. For publisher marketing teams, engaging your authors in the promotion of their titles can boost your marketing strategy and get your titles noticed.  Altmetrics data can help; they make the perfect complement to your traditional books data.  They can help you, and your authors, understand the big picture of book impact.   Using altmetrics help you understand the big picture of book impact Altmetrics data gives you immediate insight into online mentions of your books so … 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. When you see someone for the first time, you can usually guess roughly how old they are. This is because we spend our whole lives interacting with people, we see what they look like and often know how old they are, so our brains develop a sort of model we can base predictions on. Every so often, someone will surprise us – if they look significantly younger or older than … Read More
Book publishers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to engaging with authors; commissioning must-read content, finding new authors to work with as well as encouraging authors to publish again. Altmetric data makes the perfect companion to existing data for books allowing book publishers, and their authors, to understand the big picture of the impact a book is having.   In a recent Altmetric webinar, author David Giannetto and Digital Science’s Sara Grimme discussed how publishers help their authors to promote their titles and connect with the media . In a world where attracting potential … 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 here. If you’ve ever left the doctor’s office feeling unheard, you’re not alone. The challenges of the medical profession have eroded the connection between patient and doctor in many cases, and this could be having a negative impact on people’s health. The average doctor in the US works 60 hours a week, enduring pressure from administrative tasks, technology distractions and packed schedules. “All of this can create an environment … Read More
Please note the data in this blog post is updated weekly – most recent update 30 March 2020. Coronavirus (or COVID-19 as it is now formally known) first emerged in central China in December 2019. Since then, news of its spread has dominated media headlines around the world. As of 30 March 2020, 723,740 people are estimated to have contracted the virus, and for more than 34,000 people it has proved fatal.  The research world has been quick to react, with reports of teams around the globe in … Read More