Altmetric Blog

Archive: April 2017

Back in Spring 2016 we announced that Altmetric was now tracking attention to books and their individual chapters based on the ISBN and other unique identifiers. This was a really big step towards helping authors of monographs track and evidence the broader engagement relating to their research. Tracking attention for books is not an easy task, and we’re still learning more all the time about how we can improve! The metadata is often messy and the way that people talk about them online is very different to the way they discuss and share journal … Read More
Created in 2014, WeShareScience is an online platform for researchers to post videos showcasing their latest work. We spoke to site creator Ryan Watkins, Professor of Educational Leadership at George Washington University, to find out more about the site and what he’s aiming to achieve. Could you tell us a bit about your site? How did it get started and what are you aiming to achieve? Like many ideas, WeShareScience emerged out of frustration and curiosity. As a professor of educational technology, much of my work cuts across many fields and disciplines. Read More
Nominate your favourite arts, humanities and social science blogs for a chance to win a £25/$25 Amazon voucher!  Altmetric already monitors over 11,000 blogs from a variety of disciplines on a real-time basis looking for mentions of published research – be it a book, article, dataset or other output type. All of the mentions found are displayed on the related details page for the item, which is easily accessible by clicking on the Altmetric badge where you see it on institutional repositories or publisher websites. In doing so we’re hoping to help … Read More
Not everyone wants their discussions of research tracked / Image CC-BY-SA savageblackout/Flickr The team here at Altmetric has been recently pondering the extent to which our status as a “Big Data” company (and that of other altmetrics aggregators, by extension) might challenge individuals’ privacy when discussing research on social media. On the one hand, we mostly track public conversations surrounding research. On the other, many social media users feel that while others can view their conversations in theory, they are having personal conversations that are not intended for anyone but their followers to see (e.g., doctors talking amongst themselves, … Read More
Last week we hosted our latest #Altmetchat with Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. We chatted to Sam about what inspired him to get into Science Communication, why researchers should care about Science Communication, his love of poetry and much more.      Similar to our last #Altmetchat, we asked a question to our followers on the days leading up to the interview. We’re still receiving answers so please feel free to send in your response to our question by tagging it with #Altmetchat: Sam gave some … Read More
  1st April 2017 — Are you a star researcher? Do you excel in every aspect of your role and outpace all of your colleagues in public speaking appearances, news interviews, citation counts, typing speed, next-level procrastination, and also general all-round kudos?   The AltmetriX Factor wants you!   During the show researchers will be asked to pitch their ideas for new projects, in a song and dance routine, to a panel of expert judges, including Altmetric’s Founder Euan Adie, world-famous donut ambassador President Icinghower, and the ghost of Charles Darwin. Read More