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Archive: June 2017

Earlier this month, we hosted a webinar to share strategies for gathering evidence of impact for research funding applications. Speaking were Fiona Millar, Research Funding Officer at the University of Stirling and University of Sheffield’s Kate Armstrong, Evidencing Impact Project Liaison and Sarah Geere, Impact Consultant. All are experts in impact evaluation as it relates to grant funding. Why it’s important to evidence impact Fiona Miller works at the University of Stirling’s Research and Innovation Services, in the pre-award lifecycle aspect of research funding. Fiona spoke about the importance … Read More
CC-BY Nicky Agate / Medium Great news for those interested in using altmetrics for evaluation for the humanities and social sciences: the HuMetricsHSS research team (which I’ve written about here before) just won a $300k grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance our understanding of values-based research metrics, including altmetrics! We’re looking to reverse-engineer the process of using evaluation metrics. We’re going to start with the important stuff–goals, objectives, and values for individuals and universities–and work backwards from there to … Read More
We’ve had a very productive start to the year with the addition of Shibboleth authentication for institutional subscribers, an enhanced version of the Explorer for Publishers being released and the announcement of the 2017 Research Grant winner. As well as this we’ve made a number of new partnerships with organisations including, Clarivate Analytics, MIT Press, OECD, PubFactory, Envision and ResearchFish. We’ll be spreading the word about all our cool new integrations and innovations at plenty of conferences over the next six months so why not come and … Read More
On the 24th May we announced that Dr Evan Goldstein, Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Geological Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was the winner of this year’s Altmetric Research Grant. Here’s Evan’s take on the project he hopes to complete with his awarded funds… As a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), most of my work is centered around geomorphology (predicting changes on Earth’s surface). Recently I have also focused on how Earth Scientists communicate with each other and the public … Read More
This post is contributed by Sara Rouhi, Director of Business Development in North America for Altmetric. Altmetric just came out of a full week of meetings with non-academic customers in North America. COO, Kathy Christian, and Product Manager, Jean Liu, joined me and Digital Science colleagues to talk best practices, pain points, and ‘ah ha’ moments at two user days on May 22 and May 25. We kicked it off in Washington DC (my hometown!) with a day of user discussions from the Communications Office of the National institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for May! 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 papers are all about health. Image: Garbage on East Beach, Henderson Island. Credit: Jennifer Lavers. Paper #1. Plastic, Plastic Everywhere Our first High Five paper is “Exceptional and rapid accumulation of anthropogenic debris on one of the world’s most remote and pristine islands,” published in PNAS in May 2017. The study provides “a comprehensive analysis of the quantity and source of beach-washed plastic debris on one … Read More