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Archive: January 2013

A loaded conversation For this week’s Interactions, I took a peek at a particularly expansive island of conversation connected to a recent perspective piece in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by Stanford University population biologists Paul R. Ehrlich (see his faculty webpage) and Anne H. Ehrlich. Grimly titled “Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided?”, this perspective paper described the authors’ views on the potential causes of human decline. The authors also provided their recommendations on how to prevent what … Read More
We get asked a lot about the use of Altmetric data by academic libraries and institutional repositories so I figured it was worth outlining the services we offer and extending an invite to have a chat to anybody else who is curious – we’re always happy to hear your thoughts on altmetrics in general and to give talks or demos. You can reach me directly at (for an overview of the potential uses of alt-metrics by libraries that includes reviews of other tools check out Stacey Konkiel’s awesome Altmetrics: An App Review slides or view the video … Read More
Up close and personal with the scientists We know about the scientific work – but what about the people behind it? Unless the researchers are personal acquaintances or famous figures, we usually know very little about who was working behind the scenes. Occasionally, a scientist steals the spotlight away from his or her own research. In this week’s Interactions, we take a look at a few extraordinary scientists (who also happen to be unusually popular on social media) in order to show how being connected to the scientists brings us closer to them and their work.   … Read More
We’ve had a great start to 2013 at Altmetric – here are a few recent developments we’d like to share. Blog curation Since November, we’ve been working on improving our lists of blog sources that are scanned through for mentions of scholarly papers. The scholarly blogosophere (which we represent as in yellow; see the donut on the right) is a fascinating, ever-changing entity, and we’ve been having great fun delving into blogging communities of various different disciplines and capturing mentions from the most interesting, reliable, and well-written blogs. We started by adding over 100 physics and astronomy blogs and about … Read More
The art of research The ease of electronic access, combined with the lack of print versions of online open access journals, means that flipping through a paper copy of a journal isn’t as common as it once was. Although retrieving scholarly articles electronically may have become the norm, many would agree that there remains something oddly satisfying about holding the physical copy of a journal issue. One tradition that continues to be upheld by print journals (but is diminishing in importance for electronic journals) is the cover image. The cover is the first thing that you see when you pick up … Read More