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Advances in altmetrics: a 2019 year in review

Stacy Konkiel, 11th December 2019

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

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Here, I’ve collected and categorized the 50 known articles, preprints and book chapters published in 2019 that analyze Altmetric data.

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2019 research highlights

This year saw a lot of great altmetrics research (a full list of which can be found below), but a few papers are worth highlighting for their important findings and novel approaches to altmetrics analysis:

All 2019 Altmetric-backed topics

In addition to the research highlighted above, a number of other studies were published this year that offer valuable insights into regionality and altmetrics, disciplinarity and altmetrics, the relationship between Open Access and altmetrics, and the quality and uses of altmetric data.

How researchers’ locations affect altmetrics

How altmetrics differ between disciplines and topics

Is there an altmetrics advantage for Open Access publications?

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.

Looking critically at altmetrics data sources

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

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