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Announcing Sina Weibo support

Euan Adie, 7th April 2014

We’re really pleased to announce that we’re now collecting data from Sina Weibo, and it’ll start appearing in visualisations and on the details pages soon.

You may have noticed that on the demographics tab for most articles China doesn’t usually show much attention, even when the paper is by Chinese authors. That’s because Twitter, Facebook and Wikipedia are all blocked in mainland China.

Chinese researchers do talk about academic papers though, just elsewhere. One of the requests we see most often from publishers is for us track systems like Sina Weibo, which is a popular microblogging service of a similar size to Twitter – with half a billion users and some 100 million messages per day.

Never let it be said that we don’t listen! You’ll start seeing the data soon:

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An unscientific study – me eyeballing the data – suggests that the volume of links on Sina Weibo to the scholarly journals we track is between 10 and 20% that of Twitter, putting it in the same league as Google+. That said, this could be because we don’t yet index many wholly Chinese journals (China has its own infrastructure for scholarly publications). It’s really tricky to figure out these kinds of biases without any indications from the data, so hopefully we’ll now be able to improve on that front too.

China isn’t the only country where users prefer local systems over international (usually American) ones. In Russian speaking territories, for example, vk.com is Facebook’s primary competitor with 239 million users.

We’re always on the lookout for new data sources, so let us know if you’re aware of any that we really should be tracking.

In the meantime – we think Sina Weibo data will be a great supplement to the sources authors already see mentions from, and unlock a bunch of new, interesting use cases. Have fun exploring!

16 Responses to “Announcing Sina Weibo support”

@Impactstory
April 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

Altmetric now tracking Sina Wiebo (Chinese Twitter) mentions! http://t.co/XTiQhYlvCo @altmetric

Altmetric (@altmetric)
April 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

Altmetric begin tracking mentions of academic papers on Sina Weibo: http://t.co/0CuzaL0odr #altmetrics #stm #scicomm

Nicko Goncharoff (@nickogoncharoff)
April 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

Almetric begins tracking article mentions in China. Well done! http://t.co/JnWgWHmc2n

Fabrice Leclerc (@leclercfl)
April 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

Top #openedu story: Announcing Sina Weibo support | http://t.co/x7n4KQWSP4 http://t.co/HGQQ9Rk79p, see more http://t.co/2trF5nTdbE

[…] users and some 100 million messages per day,” Euan Adie, founder of Altmetric, said in a blog post announcing the news. “An unscientific study–me eyeballing the data–suggests that […]

@OccupySTM
April 8, 2014 at 12:00 am

Good for data, but an end-run around free speech @AdrianStanley13: Announcing Sina Weibo support - http://t.co/6Ccex8TgG6

@dominicm
April 8, 2014 at 12:00 am

"@timohannay: @altmetric has started collecting data from Sina Weibo (China's Twitter): http://t.co/IcJvCobIQq" #alms #journals

@ux4science
April 8, 2014 at 12:00 am

Exciting stuff... @Altmetric is "Announcing Sina Weibo support" http://t.co/y3j43WQ3Ui

@rmounce
April 8, 2014 at 12:00 am

Ha! I remember suggesting this to @stew ages ago! Glad it's now implemented :) Announcing Sina Weibo support - http://t.co/YSB4ZxWoml

@SciNav_it
April 8, 2014 at 12:00 am

And don't forget http://t.co/SlJT6zFT2Y displays Altmetric scores in your PDFs. http://t.co/GIw7AV6BrX … (h/t @AdrianStanley13)

Irene Hames (@irenehames)
April 8, 2014 at 12:00 am

#altmetrics reach extended - @altmetric now tracking Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo ht @AdrianStanley13 http://t.co/B7UnRpPZPZ

@phillbjones
April 8, 2014 at 12:00 am

Altmetrc are now tracking Chinese micro-blogging site, Sina Weibo http://t.co/yLousnAU84

@MPPjournal
April 8, 2014 at 12:00 am

MT @irenehames: #altmetrics reach extended - @altmetric now tracking Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo http://t.co/Q7HNm3Fp6A

[…] data sources include post-publication peer review sites Publons and PubPeer, and microblogging site Weibo Sina (the “Chinese Twitter”). Since we get data from Altmetric, that means Impactstory will be reporting this data soon, […]

@Warren_Raye
May 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

@altmetric announces Sina Weibo support - http://t.co/1DzJKuwpaX

[…] developers join the team and while we’ve been improving our infrastructure to cope with more sources and an ever increasing volume of mentions, we’ve had very different challenges scaling the […]

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