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Archive: December 2015

It’s nearly the end of the year and time has flown by in the Altmetric office! Highlights of 2015 for us have included launching the Altmetric Ambassadors program, announcing Wikipedia tracking, adding support for The Conversation articles and Clinical Trials, and building the Bookmetrix project with Springer. We’ve also welcomed many new faces to our growing team and had lots of fun along the way. So to wrap things up, we asked everyone to share their own favourite happenings from the last 12 months: 2015 was great because… … Read More
Welcome to Altmetric’s “High Five” for December, the holiday edition! In this post I cover 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. From Star Wars economics, to happiness, to the scientific publication rejection process, our high five papers this month are all over the map. But many of them have a levity that fits the holiday spirit.   Paper #1. I reject this rejection. Image credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis, Flickr.com   Our top paper … Read More
Having a bioinformatician as our founder has inspired at Altmetric a culture of support for other scientists. We regularly share our data for free with researchers interested in discovering how knowledge diffusion works in the era of social media. It pleased us very deeply to be recognized by Impactstory co-founder, Jason Priem, during the Altmetrics15 workshop in Amsterdam for our support of research: Hard to overstate how valuable @altmetric data has been to emerging research field of #altmetrics. Kudos to them for sharing. #altmetrics15 — Jason Priem (@jasonpriem) October … Read More
It’s Top 100 time of year again! Uncovering stories about how academic research has been received and presenting those findings in visually engaging ways is central to everything we do at Altmetric, and our annual Top 100 list of the most shared and discussed articles is no exception to this. First launched 2 years ago, the list provides a great overview of the research articles that really caught the attention of a broader audience in 2015.   The 2015 list The most popular paper of this year detailed the discovery … Read More
This is a guest post contributed by Sue Wiegand, Periodicals Librarian at Saint Mary’s College. The Michiana Scholarly Communications Librarianship Conference is an opportunity for librarians to come together to share ideas on launching and leading scholarly communications initiatives. It is the only conference aimed specifically at smaller and mid-sized academic libraries, and is sponsored by Indiana University South Bend (the conference venue) and Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. Librarians can network and discuss ideas related to the new scholarly communications landscape, exchange ideas and best practices, and hear expert speakers on the topics of repositories, copyright, digital scholarship … Read More
I am especially pleased to introduce Altmetric’s December 2015 Ambassador of the Month, Nickoal Eichmann. Before her current gig as the History Research Librarian at Mississippi State University, Nickoal and I worked together at the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, where she did a tremendous amount of (digital) heavy lifting that informed our joint research into the use of persistent identifiers in institutional repositories (and its effect upon altmetrics services). Nickoal has been instrumental in bringing altmetrics into the lives of researchers at Mississippi State, and in providing research support and scholarly communication support services across campus. Via … Read More
Welcome to Altmetric’s “High Five” for November, 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 for this month’s papers is shocking (and not-so-shocking) findings.   Image credit: Donnie Ray Jones, flickr.com   Paper #1. Sharing stickers – Are nonreligious children more generous? In our first High Five paper for this month, “The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism across the World,” researchers in the fields … Read More