Altmetric Blog

Archive: August 2017

Elaine Lasda is the Associate Librarian at the University at Albany and has been a valued member of the Ambassador Program since 2015. In that time, she has done an amazing job incorporating the teaching of altmetrics into her regular presentations and training sessions with staff. For this Ambassador Spotlight we spoke to Elaine about her role, how she integrates altmetrics in her everyday workflows, her advice to researchers on getting started with the data and her plans for promoting altmetrics over the next 12 months.   Hi, Elaine! Could you tell us a bit about your role and what you’re … Read More
The following blog post was written by Terry Bucknell, Sales Director at Digital Science.  Last month, Euan introduced Altmetric’s new ‘export mentions’ feature, and showed some examples of how pivot tables in Excel can be used to analyse the data that you export. Euan said that this new feature isn’t designed to help analyse massive datasets, but it does allow you to download up to 1 million mentions at a time. I don’t know your definition of massive, but that’s pretty big in my book. As the Altmetric support team will … Read More
An idea first developed in 2010, altmetrics have now been widely adopted by publishers, and are increasingly used by institutions and funders to track and report on the immediate engagement and potential broader impacts of the research that they support. In terms of understanding where a research output (such as a journal article, book, dataset, or other form of publication) has achieved reach and influence, altmetrics make up one part of a much bigger picture — a picture that also includes other qualitative (expert opinion, for example) and quantitative indicators (more traditional bibliometrics, usage counts, … Read More
Back in September 2016 we announced that we’d added Open Syllabus Project data to the Altmetric Explorer and details pages. The integration means that users can now see where individual book titles have been included in University reading lists from institutions around the world. The Open Syllabus data has helped us discover some amazing facts: would you have imagined, for example, that the most featured book (included in a grand total of 3,879 syllabi from 485 institutions) is ‘ … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for July! 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 Good News, Bad News, and Wow News. As we’ve seen before, many of the most popular scientific papers published in July revolve around human (and environmental) health.   Eadweard Muybridge – Provided directly by Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Paper #1. Living (microbial) Computers Could our future computers be living, literally made out of living cells? Our first High Five paper … Read More