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Altmetrics in 2017: what you need to know

Josh Clark, 28th December 2017

2017 has gone in the blink of an eye, and as we approach the new year we thought we’d take a moment to look back over the top Altmetric discoveries, tips and developments from the last 12 months – read on to be ready to tackle 2018 head on! Here are just some of the highlights:


1. Making sense of the mentions means a lot

We released some big new product updates this year, including the Export Mentions feature in the Explorer, which gave people the ability to get a whole new level of insight into which people and outlets were discussing their research. Altmetric Founder Euan Adie wrote a guide on how to analyse the data using excel, and Terry Bucknell wrote a guest post on gathering insights from online mentions of research on a massive scale.

Functionality like this and understanding how altmetrics can best be interpreted has become a big focus point for many of our users. Following the integration of Open Syllabus we published a post that dug into the data in more detail – showing how it can be used to more effectively track the influence of a book, and also looked at how book Editors can use altmetrics to track engagement, find new authors and much more.

We’ll be doing more to help people gather insights from the data over the next year, so check back for more!


2. People are already using altmetrics in exciting new ways

We spend a lot of time talking about what altmetrics are, so it’s really awesome to see people developing their own approach to the data! This year we heard from people using altmetrics in research and development to gain competitive advantage, explored how our data can be used for tracking new attention for older publications, and awarded our first use case prize to Rajiv Nariani from York University, who has been using Altmetric to analyse the attention for publications across several of their health schools.

If that wasn’t enough, Kornelia Junge, Senior Research Manager at Wiley, shared her thoughts on how to use altmetrics to deliver value to authors and editors, ASHA gave an overview of their approach to altmetrics, we talked to the University of Surrey about what they’re doing with the data, and loads of exciting new ideas were discussed at our Government and Corporate user days.

It was also great to see the response to our posts on using altmetrics to find your next collaborator and in deciding where to publish your next article, and we hope that these tips on how you can use altmetrics effectively in board meetings have been useful!


3. There are still some big questions out there

We even got round to tackling some bigger picture thinking this year! Stacy Konkiel looked at how altmetrics fit in with privacy and obscurity, and the 4:AM conference in Toronto raised lots of potentially difficult challenges for the communication of research as whole, while a Digital Science report highlighted the importance of Championing Women in STEM.

Luckily, there are some super smart people out there doing really interesting things with our data to help us better understand and consider these and other aspects of what we do.

There’s all this and lots more on the Altmetric blog – so if the celebrations get too much or you need some new reading material, why not take a moment to see what you’ve missed from this year?

We’ll be back with a bang in January, and look forward to another great year of working with you all!

1 Responses to “Altmetrics in 2017: what you need to know”

January 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

2017 was a great year, but 2018 will be more complex

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