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Archive: May 2015

Welcome to Altmetric’s “High Five” for May, a discussion of the top five scientific papers with the highest Altmetric scores this month. On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. The theme this month is odd discoveries. Paper #1. Warm-Blooded… Fish? Opah. Credit: NOAA Fisheries   All fish are cold-blooded ectotherms, right? You probably learned that in grade school. But now, we know that “fact” is wrong. Our top paper this month, picked up by at least 87 news outlets and 20 blogs, … Read More
In the last blog post in our researcher series, we included some perspectives on Altmetric from some metrics-savvy researchers. One of the responses was from Jean Peccoud, who commented on the Altmetric attention score, saying it “can [sometimes] feel a little like black magic”. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, or similar, and we appreciate that people are keen to understand more about what goes on in the background to calculate the score for each research output. Our aim for this blog post, therefore, is to provide … Read More
In England, the recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise is using “real world” impact for the first time to determine how much money institutions will be allocated from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In this post, we examine the REF results and discuss the possibilities for documenting such impacts using altmetrics. At Altmetric, we have a keen interest in understanding the public impacts of research. We’ve been following the UK Research Excellence Framework assessment exercise closely since it was piloted in the late 2000s (just a few years before Altmetric was formally founded). There’s … Read More
We spend a lot of time in the Altmetric office talking about the varied sources and different types of research outputs we track – but as the team has grown we’ve been having to work harder to keep track of them! As a handy guide (for you and for us!) here’s a summary of the events we’ll be speaking at or attending in the next few months: MLA 2015 15th – 20th May, Austin, Texas Product Specialist Sara Rouhi and Research Metrics Consultant Stacy Konkiel are in town today and tomorrow hosting altmetrics workshops. There’s … Read More
One of the things that our users seem to like most about our data is the fact that it’s easy to explore where a piece of academic research has been mentioned in a news outlet. Crucially, it helps authors to understand where in the world there is interest in their work, and offers an opportunity to gather insight into the public attention it is receiving beyond the academic sphere. We’re therefore really excited to share that we have started working on a project that sees us partnering with news aggregator Moreover Technologies to provide further … Read More
Welcome to the April 2015 High Five here at Altmetric! In this blog post, 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.   General Physics Laboratory, Flickr.com   Paper #1. Genetically Modifying Human Embryos – A Debate Our first “High Five” paper sparked controversy both in the scientific community and the public sphere last month. As George Dvorsky … Read More