Altmetric Blog

Archive: June 2013

If you follow the #altmetrics hashtag on Twitter you may have noticed a bit of buzz around NISO getting a $200k grant from the Sloan Foundation to look into standards for Altmetrics. Mike Taylor has written a good post about it, expressing some skepticism. David Smith has a Google+ post up asking what people think. In both cases there’s some interesting discussion happening in the comments. It’s great to see Sloan keep pushing altmetrics forward and I’m confident that NISO are the right people to shepherd the community through this kind of process. Todd Carpenter … Read More
We receive a lot of questions about the sources that we track. On our new website, we’ve put up a lot of detailed information about Altmetric’s data sources, including Twitter, mainstream news outlets, blogs, and others. On the main Sources page, you’ll find information at a glance about 4 key points for every source: Activity: How actively the source is used as a communication medium. Level of Insight: The depth of the insights that a typical mention in the source delivers. Content Creators: The kinds of users who create … Read More
Be notified when papers of interest are mentioned As an author of a scholarly paper, it can often be informative to read what people are saying and writing about your work. Alternatively, if you’re a reader or a blogger, you might be interested in knowing when a paper is mentioned on the news or blogged about. By opting to receive e-mail alerts about specific papers, you can follow the stories about the research as they develop.   Receive a maximum of 1 e-mail per day You can sign up to receive alerts pertaining to 1 or many papers. The attention surrounding multiple … Read More
Webinar summary: Traditional journal bibliometrics meets newcomer altmetrics On Tuesday afternoon, I joined in to listen to the Elsevier Connect webinar, “Traditional journal bibliometrics meets newcomer altmetrics”. Brief presentations from Paul Groth (VU University of Amsterdam), Mike Taylor (Elsevier Labs), and Sweitze Roffel (Elsevier) were followed by a Q&A session moderated by Hannah Foreman (Elsevier). Aimed specifically at editors of scholarly journals, the webinar provided a nice overview of altmetrics (and article-level metrics), available tools (including Altmetric) and the altmetrics movement in general. The presenters also defined the current state of affairs with respect to evaluation, emphasising … Read More
The Altmetric website gets a fresh new look If you’ve recently paid a visit to our main website,, you might have noticed that it’s undergone a complete makeover. Launched early last week, our brand new site features a new introductory video, as well as a plethora of useful and up-to-date content about Altmetric and the various things that we do. To provide specific information to our different audiences, we’ve created special pages for publishers, librarians and repository managers, and researchers. We’ve also put up an  … Read More
Part 1: Swearing for pain relief [altmetric doi=”10.1097/WNR.0b013e32832e64b1″ float=”right”] Have you ever blurted out a string of angry four-letter words in reaction to a painful injury? If so, what effect did uttering swear words have on your pain? In 2009, psychologists Richard Stephens, John Atkins, and Andrew Kingston of Keele University (Staffordshire, UK) published a quirky paper entitled “Swearing as a response to pain”. The paper, which appeared in NeuroReports, described an experiment in which 67 undergraduate students undertook the “cold pressor test” (it involves sticking one hand in cold water until the pain is … Read More