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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
Be notified when papers of interest are mentioned As an author of a scholarly paper, it can often be informative to read what people are saying and writing about your work. Alternatively, if you’re a reader or a blogger, you might be interested in knowing when a paper is mentioned on the news or blogged about. By opting to receive e-mail alerts about specific papers, you can follow the stories about the research as they develop.   Receive a maximum of 1 e-mail per day You can sign up to receive alerts pertaining to 1 or many papers. The attention surrounding multiple … Read More
Webinar summary: Traditional journal bibliometrics meets newcomer altmetrics On Tuesday afternoon, I joined in to listen to the Elsevier Connect webinar, “Traditional journal bibliometrics meets newcomer altmetrics”. Brief presentations from Paul Groth (VU University of Amsterdam), Mike Taylor (Elsevier Labs), and Sweitze Roffel (Elsevier) were followed by a Q&A session moderated by Hannah Foreman (Elsevier). Aimed specifically at editors of scholarly journals, the webinar provided a nice overview of altmetrics (and article-level metrics), available tools (including Altmetric) and the altmetrics movement in general. The presenters also defined the current state of affairs with respect to evaluation, emphasising … Read More
The Altmetric website gets a fresh new look If you’ve recently paid a visit to our main website,, you might have noticed that it’s undergone a complete makeover. Launched early last week, our brand new site features a new introductory video, as well as a plethora of useful and up-to-date content about Altmetric and the various things that we do. To provide specific information to our different audiences, we’ve created special pages for publishers, librarians and repository managers, and researchers. We’ve also put up an  … Read More
New altmetrics reading material Mike Taylor has written an article in Research Trends entitled “The Challenges of Measuring Social Impact Using Altmetrics”, which is a comprehensive overview of altmetrics today. Also, David Gibson, the executive editor of the Journal of Ecology, has written a short post about article level metrics and how to access them through Readcube, which uses Altmetric data. Previously, David Gibson and his colleagues had written this great blog post about the uptake of Journal of Ecology papers using Altmetric data obtained using rAltmetric.   New badge and donut embeds Making … Read More
Updates from Altmetric It’s been a hugely exciting couple of weeks for all of us at Altmetric. First of all, we’re delighted that John Wiley & Sons, Inc. will be running a trial of Altmetric for 6 months on a number of their journals. Authors and readers can now view Altmetric badges directly on Wiley journal articles (for example, this one), and then click through to article details pages (like this one). On the article details pages for the different journals undergoing the Altmetric trial, Wiley have provided links to surveys on article level metrics … Read More
Our #AltmetricDonut mascot naming contest has now ended. Meet our new mascot, President Icinghower! The name (which is befitting of this great leader of the Altmetric donuts) was suggested by Nathan W. of London, who will soon be receiving a mini version of Icinghower. Congratulations! President Icinghower has started tweeting from his new Twitter account, so do follow him as he explores the world of altmetrics. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed a name and then voted in our poll! … Read More
Médecins Sans Frontières Scientific Day As a charitable organisation that contributes to research, how do you measure the impact of your publications? Being able to track societal and academic impact has been particularly important for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), a humanitarian aid organisation that provides medical care during international emergencies, conflicts, and disasters. Each year, MSF staff publish findings in peer-reviewed journals, and the scholarly papers are then deposited in the open-access MSF Field Research repository. Since MSF research has the potential to influence domains such as policy, clinical practice, and humanitarian advocacy, it’s necessary for the … Read More
Attention WordPress bloggers! Our developer Will has just created an awesome and free Altmetric WordPress plugin that allows you to insert Altmetric donuts and badges into any blog post. Now you can easily insert a colourful donut into your text, just as it’s done on the Interactions posts of the Altmetric blog. For example, the WordPress plugin was recently used to display donuts in the April High Five.   Step 1: Manually install the plugin (.zip) into WordPress. It’s extremely simple to get started. First, download the Altmetric WordPress … Read More