Altmetric Blog

Archive: January 2019

In the first of our new regular monthly blog posts written by Science Wordsmith Lucy Goodchild, we explore the findings and attention around a piece of research published in the previous month that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast here. Why a sleep study in Science Advances caught the world’s attention. Teenagers are lazy. They sleep in, they’re tired when they go to school and they don’t perform as well as they could. Sound familiar? Teenagers hear this kind of criticism a lot. Yet, on the whole, it’s not laziness but biology that’s making them sleep longer – and … Read More
In this post, scientometrics researcher and 2018 Altmetric Research Grant recipient Shenmeng Xu describes how the design of China’s largest social network, WeChat, may affect what we know about how science is communicated. Altmetrics sourced from social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and ResearchGate have been studied a lot to date. WeChat (微信), China’s largest social network, is different from the above-mentioned tools in many aspects, including the technological functionalities, user groups, languages used, among others—and in the fact that it is relatively unstudied among scientometrics researchers. With the growing number and internationalization of users, WeChat has become an important platform for scholarly communication, offering … Read More
The Altmetric team’s diary is already full of exciting conferences, events and workshops across the globe where we’ll be talking to our users and spreading the word about our latest product developments, partnerships and integrations. If you’re planning to attend any of the following events please don’t hesitate to chat to one of our team and ask them about the projects we’re working on. Here’s where we’ll be: Academic Publishing in Europe,14th-16th January, Berlin, Germany Kathy Christian will be attending the Academic Publishing in Europe conference in Berlin from the 14th – 16th January.   … Read More