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Archive: August 2013

What kinds of research did people talk about in August? This time, the papers were all about being human, and the things in our world (including Facebook and climate change!) that affect us. Here’s another monthly wrap-up of 5 new and popular articles picked from the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 31 August 2013.   [altmetric doi=”10.1371/journal.pone.0069841″ float=”right”] 1. Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults Published on 14 August 2013 in PLOS ONE This month, a new study that examined the influence of Facebook on “subjective well-being” (encompassing one’s mood and life … Read More
Welcoming Paul, our new CTO Before we jump into our latest news, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Paul Mucur, who recently joined the Altmetric team as our new Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Paul worked as a technical lead for Nature Publishing Group. Independently, he was also part of the team that created the awesome SciCombinator project for last year’s Rails Rumble competition.   Altmetric shortlisted for the 2013 ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation Altmetric has made it to the list of finalists for the 2013 Association of … Read More
TL;DR: The whole point of altmetrics is to move away from a single way of assessing a single type of impact (citations & influence on other articles) and to provide a variety of different options that give you a broader view of impact. Also: yes, people are going to try gaming new metrics. Jeffrey Beall has written a pretty negative blog post about altmetrics – it’s worth reading and balances out some of the more pro-altmetrics articles floating around. It does lump all possible (and some imaginary) forms of article level metrics together, which ironically annoys me slightly … Read More
From left to right: Dr. Janet Kawchuk, Dr. Ann Hawkin, and Dr. Sarah Shea of the IWK Health Centre. They are standing with a painting of Winnie the Pooh, which hangs from the wall of Dr. Shea’s office. A few weeks ago, I was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic of the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre. I was here for a very special reason: to meet with a few people who, nearly 13 years ago, authored an essay that would later become the most popular scholarly paper to ever hit the … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in July?  Interestingly, most of the popular articles that I selected for the July High Five were actually published near the end of the month, and all of them were mentioned in several news outlets. The Interactions blog series returns (from a brief summer hiatus) with this monthly wrap-up of 5 new and popular articles picked from the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 1 August 2013.     [altmetric doi=”10.1126/science.1239073″ float=”right”] 1. Creating a False Memory in the Hippocampus Published on 26 July in Science This month, neuroscience researchers from MIT … Read More