Altmetric Blog

Archive: April 2019

In another of our monthly blog post 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 an Annals of Internal Medicinestudy replicating previous results hit the headlines When Dr. Anders Hviid published his latest study, he didn’t expect it to get the attention it did – after all, he had done a similar study 17 years earlier with the very same results. But given the current momentum of the antivaxx movement, any new study showing … Read More
Since 2016, Altmetric has awarded an annual research grant to fund research that facilitates new insights into altmetrics as part of the wider scholarly agenda. The grant supports projects that would not otherwise receive the necessary funding, and has been open for three consecutive years to academics, researchers and librarians interested in doing research in the altmetrics space. In the three years since the inception of the award, some very talented awardees have used the funds for research into diverse aspects of altmetrics.  In this blog post, we look back on our past grant winners and what they have achieved. Papers, … Read More
With a growing demand from funders and universities for researchers to engage with the public, altmetrics are seeing increased interest across academia. Altmetrics are used by researchers worldwide as a complement to citation-based data when attempting to track the influence of their work and the success of their online engagement activities. Trends in altmetrics can be used to understand engagement with disciplinary research, especially in the biological sciences–an area that sees relatively high levels of attention online. By learning from altmetrics data, microbiologists can sharpen their public outreach strategies to increase engagement with the research they … Read More
In another of our monthly blog post 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. How global coverage of a paper in The Lancet could help transform our food system Food is something we all have in common: as humans, we need to eat in order to survive. But food can have negative impacts, both on human health and on the environment. Obesity rates are soaring in some populations, while hunger is ravaging others. Monoculture crops are … Read More