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Category: Tips & Tricks

As well as tracking millions of research articles, Altmetric also tracks attention for over a million books and book chapters. This post will show you the easiest ways to search for these outputs in the Altmetric Explorer, and learn more about attention around these titles.  Filtering The first step when searching for a Book or Book Chapter is to ensure that you have the correct filters set, these are shown in the screenshot above. It is possible for a Book Chapter to have attention, but for the parent Book record to have no attention, so … Read More
This blog post will cover how you can easily save searches in Altmetric Explorer and use these saved searches to create alerts and shareable reports. These features will save you time by alerting you to the attention that is most meaningful to you, bringing recent and relevant attention to the forefront.  Saving Searches With the click of a button, you can easily save any search you run in Altmetric Explorer. Consider limiting your search to a particular journal, department at your institution, or even by publication date. In the upper right corner of any tab in … Read More
Click here to view the video tutorial that accompanies this post In Altmetric Explorer, there are a few different ways to search for research outputs of a particular author. If your institution or company has a custom Altmetric Explorer data integration, you’ll be able to quickly search for an author at your institution by name. If not, have no fear, there are a couple other ways you can search for an author. First, let’s discuss how you can search by author if your institution does have a data integration. When you … Read More
With a growing demand from funders and universities for researchers to engage with the public, altmetrics are seeing increased interest across academia. Altmetrics are used by researchers worldwide as a complement to citation-based data when attempting to track the influence of their work and the success of their online engagement activities. Trends in altmetrics can be used to understand engagement with disciplinary research, especially in the biological sciences–an area that sees relatively high levels of attention online. By learning from altmetrics data, microbiologists can sharpen their public outreach strategies to increase engagement with the research they … Read More
With the multitude of online communication channels available it is essential for researchers to manage their online reputation and effectively plan their online promotion and public engagement tactics. We recently hosted a webinar where we invited two experts in the field of scholarly reputation management to share their knowledge and guidance for effectively planning an online outreach strategy.   Managing your online profile Jason Steinhauer is a public historian and Director of the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University. As … Read More
Today’s researchers seem to have less time than their colleagues did in years past. They are burdened with mountains of administrative paperwork, scores of new articles to read per month, and–oh yeah–a heck of a lot of research to do, too! We recently asked researchers to share their favorite productivity tips and tricks for dominating their monstrous to-do lists. Here, I’ll share some of the best we found. I hope they help you, too! Use a task manager Altmetric (@altmetric) January 4, 2017 First things first: free up your cognitive load by writing down all those … Read More
The following post was written by Amy Rees, Customer and Sales Support Specialist at Altmetric. Public outreach is becoming increasingly important for researchers going up for tenure. But how can you document the effects your engagement efforts are having? Altmetrics have been suggested in the past, but is it even possible to shoehorn that kind of newfangled data into a traditional promotion and tenure dossier format? Though not yet well-known, we’re learning that using altmetrics in one’s promotion and tenure dossier is a valuable way to provide hard evidence that online engagement strategies are working to connect researchers with the … Read More
Ever wonder how you, as a librarian, can use altmetrics in your day-to-day work? I, along with my colleagues (and fellow librarians) Natalia Madjarevic and Amy Rees, certainly have! While there’s no shortage of excellent altmetrics primers for librarians in existence, we saw a need for a resource to help librarians who want to apply altmetrics in their own work. This ebook provides the “nuts and bolts” needed to use altmetrics in a variety of library-land scenarios, including: Making collection development decisions Managing institutional repositories Helping faculty assemble evidence for their tenure & promotion packets Teaching workshops … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric Agony Aunt special! In each of these posts I’ll be tackling some of the frequently asked questions we receive from different audiences on how they can get started with altmetrics and make best use of our data. Our first installment provides some handy tips for anyone in a research communications role within an institution: Dear Josh, I’m a Research Communications Officer at my institution and my boss has told me that I’m in charge of finding and reporting on the altmetrics for our research – help! I’m not sure … Read More
Millions of dollars per year are poured into building digital library technology: digitizing content and creating the open source infrastructure that supports countless researchers. But surprisingly, not much is known about how digital library collections are actually being used! Here, I’ve shared some expert recommendations for the best quantitative and qualitative data to collect in your digital library assessment efforts, as well as tools you can use to streamline data collection. Altmetrics services are obviously an important part of your assessment toolkit, and this post describes both altmetrics services and DIY approaches you can use to collect this genre of … Read More