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This post is authored by Kalmer Lauk, a Bibliometrics Specialist at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Kalmer presented research similar to this post at the 3:AM Conference in late September 2016. To view the related poster, visit []. A few months ago I was walking home from an altmetrics seminar, when I remembered an article in Scientometrics that analyzed publications in the field of dance (Ho et al. 2015). The authors analyzed the distribution of words in article titles to see how the field had changed through the years. I also remembered a similar analysis I did for … Read More
Altmetric recently partnered with the Open Syllabus Project in order to track mentions of books in syllabi. In this post, I’d like to share some of the scientometrics research that inspired our decision. As far back as 1998, scientometricians have recognized the value of mining online course syllabi for references to research: “[References to research in syllabi] could, over time, provide a useful metric by which to gauge the extent to which a given professor’s (or research group’s) work…has diffused into the classroom. Syllabus-related mentions could, in theory, provide a useful complementary measure alongside, [among other … Read More
The following post was written by Ben McLeish, Product Sales Manager at Altmetric.  One of the greatest challenges facing our customers is the greater understanding of how research impacts policy guidelines authored by the world’s leading advisory and Non Governmental Organisations and similar institutions, and, in a second step, the understanding of how such guidelines, once implemented, can be tied to real-world effects much further down the line. Whole organisations are dedicated to answering this question, and so I wanted to give an example of how the difficult connection between your research and practical implications of implementing guidelines can … Read More
The field of altmetrics is fast-changing, with new research coming out weekly that gives us new insights as to altmetrics’ many meanings, interpretations, and uses. Plus, altmetrics themselves are ever-changing: new data sources are constantly appearing and often being deprecated across the major altmetrics services. Keeping up with all these changes can be a bit of a bear. We’ve compiled a list of resources (social media streams, conferences, journals, and researchers) that can help! These resources are current as of August 2016. Journals to read High-quality altmetrics research is often published in the following journals: Journal of the Association … 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. is a great tool for finding out who has been saying what about your … 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
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
Having a bioinformatician as our founder has inspired at Altmetric a culture of support for other scientists. We regularly share our data for free with researchers interested in discovering how knowledge diffusion works in the era of social media. It pleased us very deeply to be recognized by Impactstory co-founder, Jason Priem, during the Altmetrics15 workshop in Amsterdam for our support of research: Hard to overstate how valuable @altmetric data has been to emerging research field of #altmetrics. Kudos to them for sharing. #altmetrics15 — Jason Priem (@jasonpriem) October … Read More
In the last blog post in our researcher series, we included some perspectives on Altmetric from some metrics-savvy researchers. One of the responses was from Jean Peccoud, who commented on the Altmetric attention score, saying it “can [sometimes] feel a little like black magic”. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, or similar, and we appreciate that people are keen to understand more about what goes on in the background to calculate the score for each research output. Our aim for this blog post, therefore, is to provide … Read More