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Archive: October 2017

It’s that time of the year again: when we take a look through our dungeon of research papers (AKA: The Altmetric Explorer) and re-animate the papers that have given us the heebie-jeebies over the past year! This time we’ve exhumed papers on a multitude of spooky subjects from sleep paralysis to Churchill’s essay on Alien life.   The top three scientific explanations for ghost sightings From scary stories to electromagnetic fields and toxic hallucinations this paper gives some research-backed theories as to why people experience ghost sighting. If you’ve ever heard a bump in the night, seen … Read More
The altmetrics journal article with the most online attention ever was published open access in PLOS ONE. I don’t think that’s a coincidence! When research is made openly available online, more people can read and debate it. That helps to raise the profile of the research, meaning an article’s altmetrics’ (and its Altmetric Attention Score) will inevitably rise! There are a number of ways you can legally make your research available online–so-called gold, green, and bronze OA. (For definitions, check … Read More
One of the central aspects of what we do at Altmetric is processing and subsequently storing large quantities of data, whether we are talking about publication meta-data or online attention, in its various formats (news, Facebook or Twitter posts, etc). This allows us to occasionally have a bit of fun in doing  our own research to test assumptions and hypotheses that we or others may hold. (Img: This year, as part of our participation at the 4AM altmetrics conference in Toronto, Canada, Stacy and I decided to engage in a … Read More
“On weekdays we typically process around 400,000 stories … 1% will be about research” We’ve been looking into ways to improve our news collection and analysis algorithms recently and realized that there aren’t a lot of good baseline statistics on how scholarly research is picked up and reported on by the media. We’ve all probably got intuitive answers to questions like “is academic research written about more than football?” or “which outlets have the most original research reporting, and which just publish press releases?” but it’d nice to have some data: so here some is. I’d love to … Read More
It’s Open Access Week! A week when the scholarly community celebrate all the great things about making research open. Here at Altmetric, we’re big advocates of making research as accessible and open to all as possible. By making research open academics can ensure that their work gets seen and read by as many people inside and outside the academic community as possible. Past Altmetric blog posts have included studies and guides on how by publishing your research Open Access you can garner increased citations and … Read More
It only seems like yesterday that we were in Bucharest for the 3:AM altmetrics conference, so it was a bit of a surprise that September came around so quickly and we found ourselves heading to Toronto for 4:AM, which was co-hosted this year by the Ryerson Social Media Lab. Mike Taylor presenting at the altmetrics17 workshop Our week began with an information-packed day at the altmetrics17 workshop, where we saw loads of great examples of researchers using our data and took part in some thought-provoking discussions – a lot of the conversation highlighted … Read More
We’ve been busy improving our policy tracking system this year to bring you more mentions of research in policy documents with improved text-mining accuracy and across lots more sources. Policy documents have always been an important attention source for us, helping you uncover mentions of research in significant policy sources — mentions that otherwise might go undiscovered. This month we’ve launched a brand new system to find more mentions of research in our growing collection of policy and guidance sources and with greater accuracy. Altmetric have now collected over 1.1 million mentions of research outputs in policy … Read More
Digital Science has just released a new report, “Championing the Success of Women in STEM”. The report highlights the importance of tracking metrics for scholarly endeavors, in order to understand if and where gender discrepancies exist, so that we might work towards fixing them. In short, it underscores the relevance of the adage, “What gets measured, gets managed.” Included are pieces on tracking speaker demographics at STEM conferences, so that we can achieve better gender “parity at the podium”; understanding differences in research funding by gender; positive changes over time in astronomy and … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for September! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. Our papers this month detail a wide range of exciting and sometimes controversial discoveries, from the celebrated grave of a female Viking warrior, to a “pen” that can potentially detect cancer cells in seconds while a patient is on the operating table.     Viking Helmets. Credit: Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland – Viking Arms and Armor Paper #1. Wonder Woman Our first High Five paper … Read More
Jean Liu (Product Development Manager at Altmetric) speaks at the 2017 NatureJobs Career Expo in London in a workshop on Product Management. I’m what you might call an Altmetric veteran. I joined the company in 2012, first as a writer for this Altmetric Blog and data analyst. (Somehow, my 2013 post “The Numbers Behind #icanhazpdf” still ranks as one of the most visited on our site!) As one of the first employees at Altmetric, I had the opportunity to be involved in quite a few different parts of the business, including data … Read More