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We’ve had a very productive start to the year with the addition of Shibboleth authentication for institutional subscribers, an enhanced version of the Explorer for Publishers being released and the announcement of the 2017 Research Grant winner. As well as this we’ve made a number of new partnerships with organisations including, Clarivate Analytics, MIT Press, OECD, PubFactory, Envision and ResearchFish. We’ll be spreading the word about all our cool new integrations and innovations at plenty of conferences over the next six months so why not come and … Read More
On the 24th May we announced that Dr Evan Goldstein, Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Geological Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was the winner of this year’s Altmetric Research Grant. Here’s Evan’s take on the project he hopes to complete with his awarded funds… As a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), most of my work is centered around geomorphology (predicting changes on Earth’s surface). Recently I have also focused on how Earth Scientists communicate with each other and the public … Read More
This post is contributed by Sara Rouhi, Director of Business Development in North America for Altmetric. Altmetric just came out of a full week of meetings with non-academic customers in North America. COO, Kathy Christian, and Product Manager, Jean Liu, joined me and Digital Science colleagues to talk best practices, pain points, and ‘ah ha’ moments at two user days on May 22 and May 25. We kicked it off in Washington DC (my hometown!) with a day of user discussions from the Communications Office of the National institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for May! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month’s papers are all about health.   Image: Garbage on East Beach, Henderson Island. Credit: Jennifer Lavers. Paper #1. Plastic, Plastic Everywhere Our first High Five paper is “Exceptional and rapid accumulation of anthropogenic debris on one of the world’s most remote and pristine islands,” published in PNAS in May 2017. The study provides “a comprehensive analysis of the quantity and source of beach-washed plastic debris on one … Read More
Since the launch of Altmetric Badges for Books last year, we’ve been fascinated to see the different types of attention that all sorts of books attract from all sorts of channels and audiences. Who knew, for example, that a computer algorithm could now recreate a Van Gogh, or the extent of influence that the ancient Egyptian’s have on our daily life? These scenarios are just a small snapshot of the huge amount of engagement we see happening online every day. Data … Read More
The following guest post was written by Lily Troia, Engagement Manager at Altmetric. Altmetrics offer researchers and organizations powerful insights into conversations happening around scholarship, yet achieving widespread adoption of altmetrics, especially at academic institutions, can often feel like a Sisyphean endeavor. Much like advocating for any new digital tool, approach, or culture shift, advocating for use of altmetrics requires a concerted, yet reflexive approach, strategic communication and outreach, and above all, alignment with organizational mission and vision. ‘Much like advocating for any new digital tool, approach, or culture shift, advocating for use of … Read More
Lots of researchers tell us they love seeing and exploring the altmetrics for their work, but aren’t always sure what to take make of it, or what to do as a result of what they find. In this blog post we’ll provide some pointers for interpreting your altmetrics, and what you can look to do as a next step. 1. Finding the altmetrics for your content There are several ways you can find altmetrics for your publications, and not necessarily just the metrics provided by Many publishers now include the Altmetric badges on their … Read More
Back in Spring 2016 we announced that Altmetric was now tracking attention to books and their individual chapters based on the ISBN and other unique identifiers. This was a really big step towards helping authors of monographs track and evidence the broader engagement relating to their research. Tracking attention for books is not an easy task, and we’re still learning more all the time about how we can improve! The metadata is often messy and the way that people talk about them online is very different to the way they discuss and share journal … Read More
Created in 2014, WeShareScience is an online platform for researchers to post videos showcasing their latest work. We spoke to site creator Ryan Watkins, Professor of Educational Leadership at George Washington University, to find out more about the site and what he’s aiming to achieve. Could you tell us a bit about your site? How did it get started and what are you aiming to achieve? Like many ideas, WeShareScience emerged out of frustration and curiosity. As a professor of educational technology, much of my work cuts across many fields and disciplines. Read More
Nominate your favourite arts, humanities and social science blogs for a chance to win a £25/$25 Amazon voucher!  Altmetric already monitors over 11,000 blogs from a variety of disciplines on a real-time basis looking for mentions of published research – be it a book, article, dataset or other output type. All of the mentions found are displayed on the related details page for the item, which is easily accessible by clicking on the Altmetric badge where you see it on institutional repositories or publisher websites. In doing so we’re hoping to help … Read More