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Category: Interactions

Most of the time, this Interactions series on the blog highlights the top of the attention rankings: the papers that went viral, the papers that were popular in a given month, etc. For this week’s Interactions, I decided to profile the altmetrics of 3 interesting papers from journals published by Wiley. (Earlier this week, there was an announcement from Wiley saying that they had begun a trial of article level metrics. Check out our news update for more information.) While the papers I picked weren’t necessarily the highest scoring ones in their respective journals, they each … Read More
Médecins Sans Frontières Scientific Day As a charitable organisation that contributes to research, how do you measure the impact of your publications? Being able to track societal and academic impact has been particularly important for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), a humanitarian aid organisation that provides medical care during international emergencies, conflicts, and disasters. Each year, MSF staff publish findings in peer-reviewed journals, and the scholarly papers are then deposited in the open-access MSF Field Research repository. Since MSF research has the potential to influence domains such as policy, clinical practice, and humanitarian advocacy, it’s necessary for the … 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
What kinds of research did people talk about in April?  In the past month, social media was abuzz with conversations about the life sciences, covering current trends as well as topics of a historical nature. Here is another Interactions monthly wrap-up featuring a selection of 5 new and popular articles in the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 30 April 2013.   [altmetric doi=”10.2183/pjab.89.157″ popover=”left” float=”right”] 1. “Internal radiocesium contamination of adults and children in Fukushima 7 to 20 months after the Fukushima NPP accident as measured by extensive whole-body-counter surveys” Published on 11 April in … Read More
Digital patient and clinician cultures Have you ever Googled a medical symptom? Posted in an online forum before visiting your general practitioner? Used social media to voice an opinion about a healthcare provider or speak about your personal experiences? For many people, turning to the Internet (especially social media) has become a natural way to seek quick answers and discuss medical matters, and the increasing reliance on “Dr. Google” has altered the way that people engage with clinicians. In addition to changes in Internet usage and communication patterns within patient groups, a large number of clinicians have developed their own … Read More
This week, the new Video tab on Altmetric details pages went live. Now that Altmetric is collecting mentions of articles from YouTube, it seems fitting to mark the occasion by devoting this Interactions post to the topic of videos in research. For a great many scientific disciplines, it can make a lot of sense to film things; for instance, experimental procedures and observations are often easier to understand by watching a video than by reading text. Videos can also appeal to broader audiences by helping to convey scientific concepts in a … Read More
Who loves pandas? Over the past month, Canadian news media outlets have been buzzing about 2 giant pandas from Chongqing Zoo in China, who finally arrived last Monday at the Toronto Zoo. Of course, the pandas have not only been enthusiastically promoted online by news outlets, but also in panda-themed paraphernalia, the Toronto Zoo’s Harlem Shake video, and photographic tweets about the panda shipment by FedEx Canada … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in March?  For once, non-health topics were more prominently featured – people talked about Facebook, mind melds, Sudoku, and climate science. Here is another Interactions monthly wrap-up featuring a selection of 5 new and popular articles in the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 27 March 2013.   2. Impact of insufficient sleep on total daily energy expenditure, food intake, and weight gainPublished on 11 March in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Health topics always seem to be popular on our High Five lists (see … Read More
People can contribute to science in many different ways. Training to become a scientist is one way, and donating money to fund research is another. But in recent years, many people have been donating their free time and participating in the process of scientific discovery in a rather unconventional way: by playing computer games.   Citizen scientists and the Foldit phenomenon To understand the phenomenon of computer gaming for the greater good, let’s first take a step back and define “citizen science” in general. The term refers broadly to the participation of members of the public in scientific … 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