Altmetric Blog

Category: Data

Diving deeper into scholarly attention with Mendeley Lately at Altmetric, we’ve been thinking about how to better showcase readership statistics from academics. We already do basic tracking of Twitter user demographics (which does include academics) but from that set of data, we weren’t been able to give much more detail on academic attention. And so it seemed logical for us to turn to a different service, like Mendeley, which already tracks readership information in quite some detail. Mendeley is a software platform that is very popular amongst scholars as a reference manager and e-reader. A user who saves a paper … Read More
We listened to your feedback… … and we’ve made it easier to export article- and journal-level attention data from the Altmetric Explorer! Any users who frequently insert Altmetric data into custom reports, spreadsheets, and other documents, will now find the exporting capabilities to be more reliable. The new improvements specifically affect the “Export articles” and “Export journals” buttons, found in the Altmetric Explorer’s Articles and Journals tabs, respectively: The changes also apply to the “Export to Excel” buttons for any saved workspaces (formerly known as Reports) in the “My Workspaces” dashboard:   What’s new? First of all, exported … Read More
Has your work been referenced in public policy? Whenever we talk to people about altmetrics, we explain how the attention data we collect may be able to help identify non-traditional forms of impact. So rather than only relying on citation counts and other traditional bibliometrics, we’re also interested in finding about the impact of research in society at large. As you might have already learned from our June press release announcing the launch of Altmetric for Institutions, we recently started tracking some highly impactful new sources of attention: policy and guidance documents. Specifically, we are now looking for references … Read More
This is a guest blog post by Tamar Loach. She is a Research Metrics Analyst at Digital Science. Figure 1. The percentage of tweets pointing to articles from journals tagged in each major field of research (as defined by the Australian Research Council). Journals can be assigned to multiple fields of research, with no fractional counting used here. Tweets that aren’t pointing to an article from a journal included in the FOR system aren’t included in this analysis. It’s fairly easy to see from the Altmetric database that medical articles receive a disproportionate amount of online … Read More
If you’ve browsed through the Altmetric data recently, you might have noticed a silver stripe in many of our donuts. The new silver stripe represents a brand new source of online academic attention: open peer review platforms. Following from an earlier announcement about our partnership with Publons, we recently launched a new “peer reviews” tab on our article details pages. The peer reviews tab displays attention data that we are receiving from two of the major peer review platforms, Publons and PubPeer. Open peer review platforms … Read More
We are pleased to announce that from today Altmetric will supply social media data from Twitter, G+, Reddit, and Facebook for individual researcher profiles on impactstory.org. Launched in 2012, ImpactStory enables researchers to create a personal profile that tracks and shares citations, downloads, and online mentions of their scholarly papers, datasets, software, and other products. The integration of the Altmetric data offers significant improvement in the coverage of mentions of articles on these platforms for ImpactStory users. The need for article disambiguation in social media mentions … Read More
We are pleased to announce that the Genetics Society of America have integrated Altmetric data on the article pages in their two research journals: Genetics and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics. As part of a 3-month trial, users will be able to view the altmetrics data for an article both on the abstract page or by clicking on the ‘Article Usage Statistics’ link: Popular articles from the journals to date include: [altmetric doi=”10.1534/genetics.113.152710″ float=”right”] Genome Engineering of Drosophila with the CRISPR RNA-Guided Cas9 Nuclease Scott Gratz et al. adapt a bacterial system to construct the Drosophila genome, and … Read More
Changes are afoot for the Altmetric data! In January 2014, we will be extending our tracked sources to include pre- and post-publication peer reviews of articles from the Publons platform. Publons was first launched in early 2013, and aims to serve the needs of the wider peer-review community, including authors, researchers, and the reviewers themselves. The site currently has over 400 registered users, and is on track to have several hundred reviews on it by the end of the year. All of the post-publication reviews submitted are open access (pre-publication reviews can be open … Read More
As we near the end of 2013, it’s time for us at Altmetric to reflect on another fascinating year of scholarly conversations. Last December, we put together a list of the top 10 most popular articles from 2012, which was also publicised by the Nature Newsblog. Throughout the year, we also presented our “High Five” series of posts, which summed up the 5 most popular articles at the end of each month. For this year’s final wrap up, we decided to do something a bit more ambitious, and created a special microsite to showcase the … Read More
Many people looking at altmetrics use a lot of social media data and there are well-established spammy industries built up around paying for tweets and Facebook Likes. Given that we know a small minority of researchers already resort to manipulating citations, it’s not much of a leap to wonder whether or not an unscrupulous author might spend $100 to try and raise the profile of one of their papers without having to do any, you know, work. How much of this goes on? How can we spot it? What should our reaction be? We were one of the original signers of … Read More