Altmetric Blog

Archive: February 2015

Welcome to the The High Five research articles of the month!Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Welcome to the February 2015 High Five here at Altmetric! In this blog post, my first for Altmetric, I’ll be leading you on a tour of the top 5 peer-reviewed scientific articles this month according to Altmetric’s scoring system. On a monthly basis from here on out, my High Five posts will examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric have seen attention for that month. To tell you a bit more about … Read More
Can data emerging from media ‘mentions’ of research provide timely indicators of outcomes linked to social and technical innovation for stakeholders in networks beyond academia? This was the focus of a study released this week by the consultancy arm of Digital Science.  The study, funded and commissioned by Nesta, used Altmetric data to examine and identify how online mentions of research might offer insight into the broader impact of a piece of academic work. Focussing particularly on outputs in medicine, the study acknowledges that there are professional, academic and social … Read More
We recently announced that over 20 academic institutions around the world have adopted the Altmetric for Institutions platform to help them track and report on the attention surrounding their research outputs. Here we talk to Scott Taylor, Research Services Librarian at the University of Manchester, who were one of the early adopters of the Altmetric platform. Hi Scott, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. Could you tell us a little bit about your role within the university? Of course; I work as part … Read More
A couple of weeks ago we released a post announcing a new series of entries on how researchers can use Altmetric and altmetrics to enhance their scholarly workflows. In this initial overview, we’ve looked at a variety of different use cases to identify how and where researchers can gain value from altmetrics data. Before we get into that, we thought it would be useful to quickly recap exactly what altmetrics are: Briefly defined, alternative metrics, or altmetrics are indicators of impact and engagement that extend far beyond traditional methods of influence measurement. Whereas to date academics … Read More
Since its launch in 2001, Wikipedia has quickly grown to become the largest electronic encyclopedia in the world. The English version alone contains over 4.7 million articles, and as of February 2014 there were nearly 500 million unique users and over 73,000 active editors. Within those millions of articles exist hundreds of thousands of links to academic research. Publishers, institutions and researchers are increasingly moving to leverage the exposure and traffic that a reference on Wikipedia can generate for their content. Although the value and relevance of that traffic is sometimes debated, for their part Wikipedia enforce strict … Read More