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Altmetric-supported research: 2018 in review

Stacy Konkiel, 20th December 2018

In this post, Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research Relations at Altmetric, gathers and categorizes the altmetrics related research that published this year.

In 2018, the amount of Altmetric-related research that we’re aware of tripled. Typically, this research is quantitative in nature and offers new insights about the way research is communicated.

Here, I’ve collected and categorized all 80+ known articles, preprints and conference proceedings published in 2018 that analyze Altmetric data.

We’re proud to continue to support scientometrics researchers worldwide by offering access to our data, free of charge–something we’ve done since Altmetric was founded in 2011.

If you’re interested in gaining free access to Altmetric’s data for use in your own noncommercial research, check out our Research Data Access Program.

Structures of science

These studies investigate how certain kinds of research (e.g. preprints vs articles) are communicated and shared online, and the relationship of altmetrics to other indicators.

Regional studies

These studies look at how the countries or regions where research is being shared and published affect their altmetrics.

Disciplinary studies

Though the below studies include findings specific to certain disciplines, many may have implications beyond disciplinary boundaries.

Open Access

Though citation advantages for open access research have been widely studied, the relationship between open access and altmetrics is less understood. These studies offer insight into a burgeoning topic of analysis.

Altmetrics studies

These studies look critically at altmetrics data sources and the calculation of new metrics based on altmetrics data.

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Curious about the research we’ve supported in the past? Check out our 2015, 2016, and 2017 research roundups.

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