Altmetric Blog

Category: Interactions

The kinds of attention that scholarly articles receive often tell interesting stories. In the “Interactions” weekly series of blog posts, we look at how intertwining conversations and differing views of the general public, scientists, medical professionals, and science communicators contribute to the overall impact of a scholarly article.   Where does science fit in our lives? Whether its impact is obvious or even barely perceptible, science surrounds us and permeates every aspect of society, from public health to government policy. Who we are, what we do, where we live, and how our society fits into the global community all … Read More
The kinds of attention that scholarly articles receive often tell interesting stories. In the “Interactions” weekly series of blog posts, we look at how intertwining conversations and differing views of the general public, scientists, medical professionals, and science communicators contribute to the overall impact of a scholarly article.   Capturing the nuances of digital attention The number of citations that an article receives has long been used as a standard measure of research impact. However, citation counts cannot capture the nature of the attention (such as whether the response is positive or negative) is also critical for assessing a … Read More
The kinds of attention that scholarly articles receive often tell interesting stories. In the “Interactions” weekly series of blog posts, we look at how intertwining conversations and differing views of the general public, scientists, medical professionals, and science communicators contribute to the overall impact of a scholarly article.   The current champion of the Altmetric database is an article which appeared nearly 12 years ago in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), and has been mentioned in over 11,000 tweets since 2011. As part of an end-of-year holiday joke special, the CMAJ published the article by Sarah Shea and colleagues … Read More