Altmetric Blog

Archive: August 2015

This is a guest post contributed by Hui Zhang, Assistant Professor and Digital Application Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries. Hui discusses their experience of adding altmetrics into their Institutional Repository system.  Altmetrics at Oregon State The concept of altmetrics is already well known in libraries, and as more institutional repositories and publishers offer altmetrics to their scholarly content, more researchers are also becoming familiar with them. However, the controversy over how altmetrics should be used continues to be intensified rather than diminished: one opinion holds that the suites of impact-related indicators called altmetrics should be included in the package for scholarly impacts … Read More
This year is flying by! The Altmetric team had a hugely busy Spring conference season and now it’s already time for us to get back on the road again. Over the next few months we’ll be running workshops, giving presentations, and meeting and greeting at events across the globe. A list below of where we’ll be – come say hello! PKP International Scholarly Publishing Conference 11th – 14th August, Vancouver, BC Digital Science reps Kortney Capretta and Adrian Stanley will be on hand to talk altmetrics and Altmetric at this year’s PKP conference in Vancouver. Don’t miss … Read More
To date, Altmetric has collected attention data for nearly 4 million research outputs. However, we sometimes receive feedback saying we have a lot more attention data for the sciences than for the humanities and social sciences. We’re also aware of a demand for more altmetrics for things like datasets, images, monographs and other forms of academic output – not just journal articles. We’ve already taken steps in this direction – for example we track attention to any datasets or images with a scholarly identifier (such as those that get assigned a DOI via figshare), and have worked with organisations … Read More
Talk to a researcher or librarian nowadays and they’re likely to tell you, “Scholarly communication has been revolutionized in the past five years.” (Whether they like it or not is another question entirely.) What does that mean exactly? How has scholarly communication changed? Quite simply, scholarly communication has gotten greater: that is, it’s seeing greater openness, diversity, and engagement. And while these “revolutions” in scholarly communication are by definition at odds with the status quo, the long term benefits of these changes are apparent. Let’s take a closer look.   Greater openness Illustration CC-BY-SA OpenSourceWay Increasingly, … Read More