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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
In 2016, researchers worldwide used Altmetric data to make discoveries in the field of altmetrics. In this post, I’ll share some of our favorite Altmetric-backed studies, as well as other research that we think advances the field overall. “How to normalize Twitter counts? A first attempt based on journals in the Twitter Index” by Bornmann & Haunschild Many readers of this blog will likely already know that normalization is recommended for bibliometrics (i.e. placing citation counts in context by comparing a number against the performance of other outputs in a particular field, country of origin, or other characteristics). This … Read More
This post is a recap of preliminary research that I and Altmetric software developer Abheer Kolhatkar shared at the 3:AM conference in September 2016. Regionally relevant social networks can tell us a lot about how research is shared and discussed in certain countries. In this post, we describe surprising differences between how Russian-authored and British-authored research is discussed on VKontakte (a major Russian social network) and Facebook (a global social network). VKontakte is Russia’s #1 social network A screenshot of a public VK profile … Read More
This post was contributed by Dr. Lauren Cadwallader, winner of Altmetric’s first annual Research Grant and Open Access Research Advisor in the Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge University Library. Earlier this year I was awarded the first annual Altmetric.com Research Grant to carry out a proof-of-concept study into the patterns of online attention received by journal articles that are incorporated into policy documents. I was planning to look at the types and timings of attention that papers received before they were incorporated into a policy document, to see if there was some way to help research administrators make … Read More
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 [goo.gl/dHEKco]. 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