Altmetric Blog

Archive: February 2016

In the last few years, I’ve organized dozens of researcher-oriented workshops on altmetrics. Beyond that, I’ve talked to hundreds of researchers and librarians who have organized their own successful altmetrics outreach events. The common theme from everyone’s experience? Running a workshop is hard. Getting people to come to a workshop is harder. But both are totally doable. In this post, I’m going to share some tricks and resources that can help you plan your own perfect workshop on altmetrics. By following these tips, you’ll get more attendees, save yourself time, and earn increased recognition as an altmetrics expert on your … Read More
Our Ambassador of the Month for February is Phaedra Cress, who is Executive Editor of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She is based in Clifton, New Jersey, and is an avid follower of all things altmetrics. 1. Tell me about your current work at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. What does a typical day involve for you?  First, I would like to thank the entire Altmetric team for creating such amazing connections among its ambassadors and for creating a forum where everyone from … Read More
Earlier this month Altmetric and Ex Libris announced an integration between the discovery service Summon and Altmetric data to enhance the user experience of the resource and significantly improve discoverability of academic content. This integration is available to all libraries using Summon allowing them to enable the use of Altmetric badges at the click of a button and at no extra cost. The badges highlight the online mentions and shares of each paper by showing the colourful Altmetric ‘donut’ next to each output in the search results listings, providing an immediate indicator of the amount and type of … Read More
“Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge.” – Nate Silver On February 3rd, RWTH Aachen hosted an event on the subject of alternative metrics for research, entitled “Publish or Perish: Alternative Indicators for Research Evaluation”, inviting both myself and Juan Gorraiz of the University of Vienna to come and address around 100 researchers. Juan, a seasoned and enthusiastic bibliometrics expert, began the roughly three hour session, warming up the audience with what is by far the most inventive title for a metrics-based presentation I have come across … Read More
Welcome to a new year of the Altmetric High Five! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month’s theme is changing history. The top scientific papers this month according to Altmetric.com all have big implications for our understanding of human, and celestial, history.   Pluto may no longer be a planet, but another “planet nine” may lurk beyond it. Pluto in false color. Image credit: NASA’s … Read More