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One of the things that appealed to me when I joined Altmetric recently was the distinctive visual ‘donut’ that illustrates the various different sources of attention that an article has attracted. Introducing Altmetric’s new bar visualisation. I really like how the donut’s fixed number of slices forces the eye to appreciate the approximate proportions of an article’s sources. Any visualisation that is more precise, such as a more conventional pie chart, tempts us to look too closely at proportions of one source against another, as well as potentially allowing one particular source which has generated loads of mentions … Read More
Has your work been referenced in public policy? Whenever we talk to people about altmetrics, we explain how the attention data we collect may be able to help identify non-traditional forms of impact. So rather than only relying on citation counts and other traditional bibliometrics, we’re also interested in finding about the impact of research in society at large. As you might have already learned from our June press release announcing the launch of Altmetric for Institutions, we recently started tracking some highly impactful new sources of attention: policy and guidance documents. Specifically, we are now looking for references … Read More
The score in the middle of the Altmetric donut visualization gives you a quick idea of the level of attention that a paper has received. We get a lot of positive feedback from authors about it – but we also sometimes hear legitimate worries from some editors and institutional repositories that it might make researchers think that they’re being judged. It’s a tricky balancing act: we want to make the data as easy as possible for users to get into and explore, and to help identify articles around which there’s a lot of buzz, without sending the wrong message that … Read More
If you’ve browsed through the Altmetric data recently, you might have noticed a silver stripe in many of our donuts. The new silver stripe represents a brand new source of online academic attention: open peer review platforms. Following from an earlier announcement about our partnership with Publons, we recently launched a new “peer reviews” tab on our article details pages. The peer reviews tab displays attention data that we are receiving from two of the major peer review platforms, Publons and PubPeer. Open peer review platforms … Read More
We are pleased to announce that from today Altmetric will supply social media data from Twitter, G+, Reddit, and Facebook for individual researcher profiles on impactstory.org. Launched in 2012, ImpactStory enables researchers to create a personal profile that tracks and shares citations, downloads, and online mentions of their scholarly papers, datasets, software, and other products. The integration of the Altmetric data offers significant improvement in the coverage of mentions of articles on these platforms for ImpactStory users. The need for article disambiguation in social media mentions … Read More
One of the great things about altmetrics is that they can bring to your attention papers which may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Unless you have the time to endlessly trawl table of contents or RSS alerts, keeping up with the big news and developments in your field of interest is often a challenge. With this in mind, we’re excited to announce the release of the Altmetric widget generator. Built for bloggers, all you need to do to create your own custom embed code is input a keyword and/or select a subject area. The generator will … Read More
We are pleased to announce that the Genetics Society of America have integrated Altmetric data on the article pages in their two research journals: Genetics and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics. As part of a 3-month trial, users will be able to view the altmetrics data for an article both on the abstract page or by clicking on the ‘Article Usage Statistics’ link: Popular articles from the journals to date include: [altmetric doi=”10.1534/genetics.113.152710″ float=”right”] Genome Engineering of Drosophila with the CRISPR RNA-Guided Cas9 Nuclease Scott Gratz et al. adapt a bacterial system to construct the Drosophila genome, and … Read More
As the New Year kicks off we have some big projects underway in the Altmetric office, including the addition of new sources to our article details pages, and the development of some brilliant new features and products. We begin the year with the exciting news that Altmetric data is now available on all PNAS articles! Details can be found via the ‘metrics’ tab near the top of each article. Clicking on the tab will reveal a summary of mentions of the article across news sites, blogs, social media and other online sources – which are visualised in the colourful … Read More
2013 in review It’s been an incredible year for us at Altmetric. We just published an end-of-year roundup with our 2013 Top 100 list (we’re still buzzing from all the attention it received!), but we still have a few more of our experiences to share before we say goodbye to 2013. Life in the office has been very busy, and our development team worked hard on a variety of projects this year. We started working on some new and exciting products (details to follow in the new year) but we also continued to strengthen our data with new sources. We launched … Read More
Changes are afoot for the Altmetric data! In January 2014, we will be extending our tracked sources to include pre- and post-publication peer reviews of articles from the Publons platform. Publons was first launched in early 2013, and aims to serve the needs of the wider peer-review community, including authors, researchers, and the reviewers themselves. The site currently has over 400 registered users, and is on track to have several hundred reviews on it by the end of the year. All of the post-publication reviews submitted are open access (pre-publication reviews can be open … Read More