Altmetric Blog

Archive: June 2016

You’re probably already familiar with the Altmetric score (that handy number seen inside an Altmetric “donut”). The score is a weighted count of all of the mentions Altmetric has tracked for an individual research output, and is designed as an indicator of the amount and reach of the attention an item has received. We have now decided to formally name this indicator the Altmetric Attention Score. The new name will make it easier for newcomers to altmetrics to understand what our score indicates (the volume and likely reach of research’s attention, not quality or impact), at a glance. We’re also aiming to … Read More
Profeza, the online social journal, recently added Altmetric badges to their article pages. We spoke to the team behind it to find out more about what this new social platform is aiming to do:  “There is a pressing need to improvise the means by which the output of scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies and academic institutions. The level of individual effort and contribution to the research process is not reflected by title-level publication metrics, and this has led to endless debates in the scientific community over the authenticity … Read More
We’ve been working on our policy & grey literature datasets recently, adding an extra dozen or so new sources that we’re now mining for mentions of published research. Typically this is a three step process: we first need to identify potential sources of policy, guidelines and other relevant grey literature (this is one of the things we ask customers during on-boarding and renewal), then to figure out how / where to get the actual documents to mine, and finally to do the actual development work to process them on a regular basis. As with our mainstream media sources we’re aiming … Read More
This is a guest post from Scott W. H. Young. Scott is Digital Initiatives Librarian and Assistant Professor at Montana State University. His research interests include user experience of the web and social media and online communities.  Summary Altmetrics are like the line numbers of a verse play, where numerical values mark and locate dialogue. In a similar way, altmetrics index and enumerate scholarly dialogue that occurs across the web on blogs, social media posts, news reports, policy papers, and Wikipedia articles. And as with a play—where the full story is shaped through the entirety … Read More
Do you want to make sure your research is as visible as possible, is read by the right people, and measure the effects of sharing your publications more widely? By using researcher service Kudos and Altmetric it is possible (and easy!) for you to do exactly that. Together, the two tools provide a step by step process for disseminating your work and tracking the outcomes.     Telling the story of your research Once your article has been published, you can find it in Kudos and add a plain language … Read More
A few weeks ago Altmetric’s Head of Implementation Natalia Madjarevic and I sat down with Ashley Casey, Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy at Loughborough University, to talk about his experience using Altmetric data; how it helps him in disseminating and tracking his work and why it’s a necessity when having work published in an online journal. On his role and research Ashley is based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University having previously been a PE teacher at a secondary school in … Read More
This blog was originally posted as part of the #STMchallenges on the Digital Science Guest Blog.  CC-BY WOCinTech Chat / Flickr Research evaluation in the sciences has a gender problem: it’s mostly based on indicators and practices that reflect an unconscious bias against women. This bias, when embedded into research evaluation systems, can harm female researchers as they apply for grant funding, jobs, promotion, and navigate other professional advancement opportunities. Unfortunately, this problem is spreading to other disciplines, too. As the humanities and social sciences start to favor the use of quantitative metrics like citation counts for research … Read More
Welcome to 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 our papers don’t seem to have an overarching theme necessarily – but they are all striking in their own way.   Image credit: Iker Merodio, Flickr.com Paper #1. Medical Error is Underreported Our first High Five paper is “Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US,” published in the British Medical Journal in May 2016. Over 300 news outlets picked up the … Read More
Milica Sevkusic Zorica Jankovic This month’s Altmetric Ambassador of the Month honor goes to Milica Ševkušić and Zorica Janković, two librarians who work jointly to promote Open Access and altmetrics in their home institutions and throughout Serbia. Both have recently been strategizing ways to make it easier to track Serbian research online and, in their 9-to-5 jobs, are each their institution’s sole librarian, making their days busy and varied! Read on to learn more about their outreach efforts and tips they have for librarians interested in promoting altmetrics. Tell me about your current work at your respective libraries. Read More