At the end of July this year, Stacy Konkiel, Cat Williams and I launched the Altmetric Ambassadors program. The aim of the program is to engage members of staff with an interest in altmetrics across all types of organisation, and give them the tools and the knowledge to spread the word on altmetrics to their colleagues. Roughly 200 people have signed up be Ambassadors so far, and we’re very excited to be working with them all! Each month, we’ll be releasing an “Ambassador of the month” blog post, in which we’ll introduce one of the ambassadors and talk about the ways they’ve been promoting altmetrics and Altmetric at their organisation.
Our Ambassador of the Month for September is Nader Ale Ebrahim, a visiting research fellow with the Centre for Research Services at the University of Malaya. Nader’s key research interests include bibliometrics and the ways in which researchers can use online research tools to promote their work and increase their citation counts. He has run over 100 workshops for researchers in Malaysia, and is considered an authority on research promotion practices and metrics tools.
Since becoming an Altmetric Ambassador, Nader has been actively promoting altmetrics at his institution, and has run three workshops for researchers. The first of these took place at the College of Business at Universiti Utara Malaysia, with the title “Strategies to Increase Citation Counts”. The second took place at the University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur campus. This workshop focused on ways for researchers to create and maintain effective academic profiles, and included a series of talks on strategies for improving research visibility, reporting on research impact, and driving citations. Nader gave his most recent presentation just last week, at Universiti Utara Malaysia. In the images below, you can see him introducing the Altmetric top 100 data for 2014, as a way of demonstrating how altmetrics can illustrate public engagement with research.
These presentations have allowed Nader to engage with the researcher community in Malaysia, and increase awareness of altmetrics and Altmetric data. The talks have also given the attendees the opportunity to meet and learn like-minded researchers, and share their thoughts and experiences with regard to the fast-moving world of online research dissemination.
In the last few years, research assessment bodies and major funders have increased their requirements for HEIs and researchers to report on the “broader impacts” of their work, meaning academics and research officers are under increasing pressure to acclimatise to these new requirements and make use of the tools available to see who is mentioning research, and what they’ve been saying.
This is why we’re really pleased that the Altmetric Ambassadors program has attracted researchers like Nader who have a genuine interest in helping other academics make use of the tools available, enabling them to view the impact their research has had. We feel he epitomises the value of having on-campus advocates for altmetrics. It’s also great that he is able to contextualise Altmetric, and present Altmetric data as being part of a whole suite of research management tools that can help researchers view, monitor and drive the impact of their publications.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, and hopefully learning a little more about the Ambassadors scheme in the process! Next month, our research metrics consultant Stacy Konkiel will be writing up a post on one of our librarian ambassadors, so stay tuned! If you’d like to apply for the Ambassador, please visit this page to find out more!