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Category: Altmetrics News

Searching for great blogs When I was a grad student studying pharmacology, I started blogging about science. Later on, my interest in writing and reading research blogs drew me into the altmetrics world. Since joining Altmetric as the data curator and blog editor, I’ve written a lot about the impact of blogs. In contrast, the data curation side of my job involves manually collecting news and blog sources for Altmetric. We require manual curation to ensure that the sources in our database are of good quality and have reliable … Read More
BMJ Group integrates Altmetric into their portfolio of journals We’re pleased to be supporting Open Access Week with the BMJ Group. As you might have read yesterday on the BMJ Web Development Blog, Altmetric donuts have just been implemented into the BMJ’s portfolio of specialty journals. According to the blog post by Claire Bower, digital communications manager at BMJ, the move was “[i]n support of this year’s theme for Open Access Week, ‘redefining impact’”. The BMJ has recently been exploring Altmetric data, and they put together this list of 12 open access articles from … Read More
Mascot President Icinghower visits Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco with the Altmetric team. Alcatraz is visible in the background. Mingling with the altmetrics community Last week, a few Altmetric team members (our founder Euan Adie, our CTO Paul Mucur, and myself) were in San Francisco for an important altmetrics-related meeting: the 2013 PLOS ALM Workshop. (Euan also attended and spoke at the NISO Alternative Assessment Metrics (Altmetrics) Project Meeting, which took place the day before the PLOS Workshop.) A number of excellent summaries of the two altmetrics meetings have been popping up this week. We recommend … Read More
Donuts are now integrated into 5 Royal Society of Chemistry journals We’re pleased to announce that Altmetric donuts have now been integrated into 5 Royal Society of Chemistry journals. The 5 journals participating in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s new altmetrics initiative are: Energy and Environmental Science, Dalton Transactions, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Chemical Society Reviews, and Lab on a Chip. Our donuts now appear in ‘Metrics’ tabs on article pages in the participating journals. Examples of the integration can be seen here on a journal article page, and here on a custom … Read More
New promotional video for publishers Last week we unveiled a new promo video, which explains our main offering for scholarly publishers: the embeddable badges, API, and Altmetric Explorer web app. In the video, we explain how to get started with the badges, and what kinds of things you can do with the Altmetric API and Explorer. Check out the video below.     Upcoming Altmetric appearances Altmetric team members have got a packed calendar this autumn. If you’re attending any of the events listed below and would like to have a chat with us … Read More
Welcoming Paul, our new CTO Before we jump into our latest news, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Paul Mucur, who recently joined the Altmetric team as our new Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Paul worked as a technical lead for Nature Publishing Group. Independently, he was also part of the team that created the awesome SciCombinator project for last year’s Rails Rumble competition.   Altmetric shortlisted for the 2013 ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation Altmetric has made it to the list of finalists for the 2013 Association of … Read More
TL;DR: The whole point of altmetrics is to move away from a single way of assessing a single type of impact (citations & influence on other articles) and to provide a variety of different options that give you a broader view of impact. Also: yes, people are going to try gaming new metrics. Jeffrey Beall has written a pretty negative blog post about altmetrics – it’s worth reading and balances out some of the more pro-altmetrics articles floating around. It does lump all possible (and some imaginary) forms of article level metrics together, which ironically annoys me slightly … Read More
The Altmetric Bookmarklet: a free and useful reading companion People are talking about scholarly papers online, but what are they saying? And what digital tools are they using to communicate their ideas? In this blog post, we’d like to introduce you to the Altmetric Bookmarklet, a free browser tool that lets you easily find out how much attention that recent papers have received online. The image on the left gives you an idea of the data that you’ll see. First, the Bookmarklet shows you the Altmetric donut, which is colour-coded according to which sources have mentioned the article. Inside … Read More
If you follow the #altmetrics hashtag on Twitter you may have noticed a bit of buzz around NISO getting a $200k grant from the Sloan Foundation to look into standards for Altmetrics. Mike Taylor has written a good post about it, expressing some skepticism. David Smith has a Google+ post up asking what people think. In both cases there’s some interesting discussion happening in the comments. It’s great to see Sloan keep pushing altmetrics forward and I’m confident that NISO are the right people to shepherd the community through this kind of process. Todd Carpenter … Read More
We receive a lot of questions about the sources that we track. On our new website, we’ve put up a lot of detailed information about Altmetric’s data sources, including Twitter, mainstream news outlets, blogs, and others. On the main Sources page, you’ll find information at a glance about 4 key points for every source: Activity: How actively the source is used as a communication medium. Level of Insight: The depth of the insights that a typical mention in the source delivers. Content Creators: The kinds of users who create … Read More