Altmetric Blog

Category: Data

Last week, you may have noticed that we launched an exciting new update for the Altmetric Explorer, including a brand new Highlights Tab and an accompanying redesign of the user interface. With the new Highlights Tab in Altmetric Explorer, we aim to… Bring interesting attention data to the forefront (as soon you log in!) Provide colourful summaries and visualizations that immediately show you useful Altmetric data for the research you care about Provide you with direction for further exploration within the Altmetric Explorer Please watch our launch video below to learn more about the update: The new Highlights … Read More
We are pleased to be publishing a series of blogs authored by scientometrics researcher Stefanie Haustein over the coming weeks. This is the first post of a five-post series. This first post in our mini series analyzes the What of scholarly Twitter data and thus focuses on what kind of content gets tweeted. We will explore if people link to scholarly papers when they tweet about research and will identify which document types, scholarly disciplines and journals receive the most attention on Twitter. Even though it would be highly informative towards our understanding of … Read More
We are pleased to be publishing a series of blogs authored by scientometrics researcher Stefanie Haustein over the coming weeks. In this post, Stefanie introduces her blog series with an overview of the role that Twitter–one of the most-studied altmetrics of all time–plays in scholarly communication. It’s almost been a decade since altmetrics and social media-based metrics were introduced. Since those early days they have been heralded as indicators of the societal impact of research—after all we all like, comment and share things on social media. An early study had seen tweets to … Read More
As you may know, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation will be in force starting on 25 May 2018. At Altmetric, we take the privacy of our users very seriously, and are working hard so we’re fully compliant with the new law when it comes into effect. We’re currently in the process of updating our Privacy Policy with more detailed explanations about personal information that we collect and use through our website, products, and marketing activities. One of the most important areas that we’ll cover in this new policy … Read More
2017 saw an explosive growth in the number of researchers investigating Altmetric’s data, with some pretty cool results! Thanks to the 30+ publications, presentations, and theses/dissertations that researchers have released, we’ve learned (among many other things) that: The percentage of research discussed online doubled between 2011 and 2015; For ornithology research, higher Altmetric Attention Scores are correlated with a 112% increase in citation rate; and In chemistry, publishing Open Access leads to more online attention for female authors Here are some of the many Open Access* research outputs resulting … Read More
While altmetrics are often praised for their ability to show attention in “real time”, to complement traditional citations that tend to take a few years to accrue, they also have the ability to surface attention to older publications. For example, the frighteningly titled “Occurrence of virulent anthrax bacilli in cheap shaving brushes” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1921 received news attention in 2017. Details Page for “Occurrence of virulent anthrax bacilli in cheap shaving brushes” Older attention for books When Altmetric started tracking attention to books I was … Read More
One of the central aspects of what we do at Altmetric is processing and subsequently storing large quantities of data, whether we are talking about publication meta-data or online attention, in its various formats (news, Facebook or Twitter posts, etc). This allows us to occasionally have a bit of fun in doing  our own research to test assumptions and hypotheses that we or others may hold. (Img: http://jiffyclub.github.io/digital-demography-2014/) This year, as part of our participation at the 4AM altmetrics conference in Toronto, Canada, Stacy and I decided to engage in a … Read More
Not everyone wants their discussions of research tracked / Image CC-BY-SA savageblackout/Flickr The team here at Altmetric has been recently pondering the extent to which our status as a “Big Data” company (and that of other altmetrics aggregators, by extension) might challenge individuals’ privacy when discussing research on social media. On the one hand, we mostly track public conversations surrounding research. On the other, many social media users feel that while others can view their conversations in theory, they are having personal conversations that are not intended for anyone but their followers to see (e.g., doctors talking amongst themselves, … Read More
Following on from the success of last autumn’s relaunched Altmetric Explorer for Institutions, this week we upgraded all of our publisher customers to the brand new Altmetric Explorer for Publishers (EFP v2)! Since 2012, the Explorer for Publishers has been used by publishing editors, marketing teams, and press officers to monitor and report on the attention data received by their journal articles. After the introduction of Altmetric tracking for books and chapters last year, we also added over a million new records to the Explorer database (available with … Read More
Though altmetrics’ ability to directly predict “real world” impact is still very much under debate, one research team has found that the presence of altmetrics is related to the broader impacts of their REF2014-submitted research. We spoke to Dr. Jenny Wooldridge, a member of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Impact Evaluation team, to learn more about her team’s research that uses expert peer review, citations, and altmetrics to understand the attention and related impacts that UK research has received. Exploring the data Initially, Jenny’s team used the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions platform to run reports … Read More