Altmetric Blog

Category: Data

Welcoming Paul, our new CTO Before we jump into our latest news, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Paul Mucur, who recently joined the Altmetric team as our new Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Paul worked as a technical lead for Nature Publishing Group. Independently, he was also part of the team that created the awesome SciCombinator project for last year’s Rails Rumble competition.   Altmetric shortlisted for the 2013 ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation Altmetric has made it to the list of finalists for the 2013 Association of … Read More
The Altmetric Bookmarklet: a free and useful reading companion People are talking about scholarly papers online, but what are they saying? And what digital tools are they using to communicate their ideas? In this blog post, we’d like to introduce you to the Altmetric Bookmarklet, a free browser tool that lets you easily find out how much attention that recent papers have received online. The image on the left gives you an idea of the data that you’ll see. First, the Bookmarklet shows you the Altmetric donut, which is colour-coded according to which sources have mentioned the article. Inside … 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
A while ago, I wrote about the ways that people use Twitter to share scholarly articles but one thing we didn’t cover is the use of hashtags. Most tweets are sent to share the paper that is mentioned, and so it follows that most hashtags describe a personal reaction or highlight a notable aspect of the paper. However, a question from James Hardcastle inspired us at Altmetric to look into the use of one particular hashtag – #icanhazpdf (or “I Can Haz PDF”). This hashtag indicates the someone is requesting, rather than sharing, … Read More
Learning more about altmetrics: essential reads This spring has gotten off to a great start with lots of excellent altmetrics-related reading material. First, there was the special section on altmetrics in the April/May Bulletin of the ASIS&T (which we also contributed to). Then, last week, a new community resource was published online by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). Authored by Greg Tananbaum, the new SPARC Primer on Article-Level Metrics is a clear and comprehensive resource for anyone who’s looking to … Read More
In parallel with the work we’ve been doing on our text-mining news tracking mechanism, we’ve also been working on enriching the context for our Altmetric scores. On its own, the Altmetric score gives an impression of the quantity of attention that a paper has received. However, the score itself doesn’t necessarily capture the whole picture of attention. For instance, we might want to know if this amount of attention is “typical” for articles that were published at a similar time. Or, we might wonder if this amount of attention exceeds the levels expected for other … Read More
What can alt-metrics tell us about the use of digital data repositories? Publishing findings in a peer-reviewed article is no longer the only way that a researcher can be recognised for his or her research outputs. Since non-traditional impacts of journal articles can be assessed using alt-metrics, it also makes sense to determine what alt-metrics reveal for datasets and other research outputs. The scientific community has been moving towards increased openness, and academics have begun to make datasets, videos, presentations, and a plethora of other research outputs freely available and citable through digital repositories, notably figshare and Dryad. Many researchers have … Read More
Pinterest is a social bookmarking platform that is used for sharing (“pinning”) images, media, and webpages that feature virtually any topic, from vegan cooking to modern art. With over 48.7 million users as of February 2013 (according to comScore), Pinterest has become a massive social media platform that can deliver instant, community-curated inspiration. (I’ve joined the fun as well, and have been pinning my Interactions cartoons from this blog.) Pinterest’s science and nature category appears to be quite active, but the images and links found here are generally unrelated to peer-reviewed research. However, people do pin figures … Read More
New feature: LinkedIn mentions If you’ve browsed through the Altmetric Explorer lately, you might have noticed a new addition: the LinkedIn tab (see below for a screenshot). We’ve been collecting mentions of scholarly articles on LinkedIn for a while, and now all these data are part of the Altmetric score. Take the LinkedIn tab for a spin on this example article details page. Although counts from Twitter and Facebook still make up the bulk of mentions of papers online, the professional social media network LinkedIn is also being used by academics to discuss articles. So far, … Read More