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I’m proud to share a new altmetrics educational website: What Are Altmetrics? The best part? You can reuse, remix, or otherwise repurpose the entire site to build your own altmetrics presentations, Libguides, and more. We’ve made it available under a CC-BY license, so it’s super easy for you to adapt! Speaking of CC-BY, the What Are Altmetrics? guide to “all things altmetrics” builds upon the popular altmetrics Libguides I developed while at Impactstory, updating the existing resources and adding a whole lot more. What Are Altmetrics? includes: An updated list of examples of how researchers, librarians, publishers, … Read More
The following post is authored by Dr. Lauren Cadwallader, Open Access Research Advisor in the Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge University Library and recipient of the first annual Altmetric Research Grant. Following, she explains what she plans to study in the coming months, thanks to the funding she’s received. Being from a UK institution, the words “REF” and “impact” are often heard at work so these seemed like a natural starting point for thinking about a possible research project for the Altmetric grant. Altmetric.com is a great tool for finding out who has been saying what about your … Read More
Listening to feedback is our #1 priority At Altmetric, we always take an “outside in” approach to product development, which is informed by feedback from users, customers, and other stakeholders at every step of the journey. Our Altmetric Beta Tester Programme helps us embed user research directly into development sprints, allowing us to work with users to test run features that aren’t available to the public yet. (By the way, if you haven’t joined the Altmetric Beta Tester Programme yet, e-mail us to get involved!) Not only do we emphasise the importance of listening to our users as we build new … Read More
Announcing Altmetric for Books at the Digital Science US Publisher Day 2016. What is Altmetric for Books? You may have heard the exciting news on Monday that we have launched our very first book-related product: Altmetric Badges for Books. We made the announcement in a press release and during a presentation on at the Digital Science US Publisher Day event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The service will be going live soon on the Taylor & Francis Routledge Handbooks Online platform. We’ve known for a long time that tracking attention for books and chapters is … Read More
On the 19th April Altmetric, in partnership with MedComms Networking, hosted a workshop for representatives from the medcomms and pharmaceutical industry. The day-long event included guest speakers, workshops and some great discussion around the use of altmetrics for tracking engagement for industry-sponsored publications. The day began with an introduction from Ben McLeish, Product Sales Manager at Altmetric, and Peter Llewelyn, Medcomms Networking. As part of the introduction to altmetrics and the day ahead Peter and Ben introduced the Meetoo mobile app that was used during … Read More
Altmetrics were a hot topic at this year’s Electronic Resources & Libraries meeting in Austin, appearing more than expected in talks throughout the conference. It was my first time attending ER&L, and I’m so glad I did! Here are my highlights from last week’s meeting. Understanding and Using Altmetrics for Collection Management: An Interactive Overview Workshop Along with Robin Champieux (OHSU) and a diverse group of librarians, I spent my Sunday afternoon deep-diving into the use of altmetrics, usage statistics, and data visualization tools to enhance collection management. In the workshop, Robin and I covered traditional collection evaluation methods … Read More
How can humanists increase the attention paid to their work, using insights from altmetrics? At the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in November, I debuted a study I’ve been working on with Jeremy McLaughlin (ASIS&T/SJSU) on the characteristics of altmetrics data for humanities scholarship archived on figshare. We shared some research-backed ways to stand out and promote one’s work amidst an ever-growing sea of web-native humanities scholarship. Below, we’ve adapted much of our talk for the purposes of this post. We expect to publish formally on our study in 2016. As regular readers of this blog likely know, altmetrics are the … Read More
In yesterday’s post, I shared a new approach to documenting your “broader impacts” in grant applications using metrics and related data, with the aim of giving you solid impact evidence that will send your application to the top of the stack. Today, let’s talk about some specific types of metrics you can use in your next grant application, including what impacts they communicate and tools that can gather them automatically. Remember, we’re only interested in metrics that relate to the grant program you’re applying for and inform the type(s) of impact you’re arguing you’ve had. A “kitchen sink” approach this … Read More
In May, I shared some interesting results from a small-scale exercise I ran, comparing what was submitted with REF impact case studies with indicators of “real world” impact sourced from Altmetric data. My findings suggested that Altmetric can help find specific mentions of research in public policy documents that would otherwise go unreported in REF impact case studies. Altmetric may also help find overall themes to the research that has the most “real world” impact (i.e. epidemiology, climate change, etc) in a way that citations can’t. The data also raised some questions about differences between articles with high citation counts … Read More
In England, the recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise is using “real world” impact for the first time to determine how much money institutions will be allocated from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In this post, we examine the REF results and discuss the possibilities for documenting such impacts using altmetrics. At Altmetric, we have a keen interest in understanding the public impacts of research. We’ve been following the UK Research Excellence Framework assessment exercise closely since it was piloted in the late 2000s (just a few years before Altmetric was formally founded). There’s … Read More