Altmetric Blog

Archive: July 2015

Welcome to Altmetric’s “High Five” for July, 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 shocking (and not-so-shocking) discoveries.   Tetrapodophis specimen. Credit: Dave Martill.   Paper #1. Four-legged fossil snake is a world first Our top paper this month is “A four-legged snake from the Early Cretaceous of Gondwana,” published in Science on July 24, 2015. The study, authored by researchers based in … Read More
Earlier this month the Biodiveristy Heritage Library announced that they had implemented the Altmetric badges across their online articles and other reference content. We spoke to Outreach and Communication Manager Grace Costantino to hear about the work the BHL does, and how they hope to make use of Altmetric data. About the Biodiversity Heritage Library The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of worldwide libraries, headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington D.C. Launched in 2007, the BHL online resource site receives over 80,000 unique visitors a month, and currently includes over … Read More
Become an Altmetric Ambassador today! We’re proud to announce the launch of the Altmetric Ambassadors program! We’ve debuted the Ambassadors program in response to requests to help researchers and librarians worldwide spread the word about altmetrics (in general) and Altmetric.com (in particular) at their institutions. A team of volunteer Ambassadors will: Stay up-to-date with the latest altmetrics news and research Host brown bags to introduce their colleagues to altmetrics and Altmetric’s tools Show their colleagues how to explore the online attention surrounding their work using the Altmetric bookmarklet Add Altmetric … Read More
Today we’re excited to release our new collection of teaching resources for you to use in your own Explorer for Institutions training sessions. We’re often asked to share our training slides so we’ve created a CC-BY licensed collection for you to use in your own teaching. We’ve designed the new teaching materials collection to include everything you need to run a successful Explorer for Institutions training session – from advertising online, posters to promote around campus and re-usable slides with explanations and hands-on activities. So what’s included? Introduction to Altmetric for Institutions training slides with notes Workshop activities – slides with hands-on activities Workshop … Read More
We spoke to Tracey DePellegrin, Executive Editor of the Genetics Society of America journals about their motivations and experience so far of integrating Altmetric badges across their journals. As Executive Editor, Tracey is responsible for identifying new ways of author outreach, and was instrumental in driving this new program for their publications.   About the society The Genetics Society of America has over 5,000 members from all areas of genetics and genomics. Alongside a busy conference and outreach program, they also publish two journals –Genetics, and the open access G3: … Read More
We’ve got the leaflets, we’ve got the slides, we’ve got the website; but we wanted something extra special to help us spread the word of Altmetric for Institutions to the wider world. Today we’re excited to announce the release (technically, the world premiere) of Altmetric for Institutions: the movie. Fewer donuts than the Simpsons but hopefully equally punchy graphics – take a look and let us know what you think!   Making the video We worked with online marketing company Distilled to take our idea from concept to a … Read More
We’ve just put down our virtual copies of The Metric Tide, a report compiled by an expert panel of academics, scientometricians, and university administrators on the role of bibliometrics and altmetrics in research assessment (including the UK’s next REF). What an excellent read. In the last 24 hours, many smart people have published articles dissecting various aspects of the report. To this thoughtful and productive discussion, we’d like to add our voice. Below, we’ve teased out what we believe to be the most important themes from the report, and supplement some of the current … Read More
In May, I shared some interesting results from a small-scale exercise I ran, comparing what was submitted with REF impact case studies with indicators of “real world” impact sourced from Altmetric data. My findings suggested that Altmetric can help find specific mentions of research in public policy documents that would otherwise go unreported in REF impact case studies. Altmetric may also help find overall themes to the research that has the most “real world” impact (i.e. epidemiology, climate change, etc) in a way that citations can’t. The data also raised some questions about differences between articles with high citation counts … Read More
This is a guest post contributed by Heather Coates, Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian at IUPUI. It is intended as a follow-up to Heather’s previous post, Advice from a librarian: how to do successful altmetrics outreach. In her previous post, Heather discussed some key points to bear in mind when conducting altmetrics workshops and other educational activities within an institution. In this second part, she focuses on the core themes that can help a researcher think strategically about how they disseminate and share their work and expertise.  The research cycle doesn’t end with publication Dissemination is part … Read More
LIBER On 24th June, I attended the 44th annual LIBER conference with our head of marketing Cat Chimes and our Training and Implementations Manager Natalia Madjarevic. The theme of this year’s conference was Open Access. In the impressive halls of Senate House Library at the University of London, we rubbed shoulders with librarians and other institutional representatives and discussed that most complex of questions: how can we combine technology, legislature and policy in a way that successfully and ethically facilitates the global sharing of knowledge? The morning session I attended was organised and presented by … Read More