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Lucy Goodchild explores the findings and attention around a piece of research published recently that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast episode here. Sixty-six million years ago, three-quarters of the animal and plant species on Earth were wiped out. This mass extinction – known as the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event – meant the end of the celebrities of the dinosaur world: Tyrannosaurus rex, Ankylosaurus and Triceratops were among the casualties. It’s widely agreed that the cause of the extinction was a decades-long winter that made survival impossible for most species. Something blocked out the sun and … Read More
With academic institutions starting back up after the summer holidays, now is a great opportunity to look for new working practices to effectively support your researchers and efficiently report on the reach and influence of your research.  In our most recent guides, articles, case studies and webinars we have introduced methods of getting started with using altmetrics and Altmetric tools, how to make the most of our latest product updates and provided user stories from institutions across the globe. These new resources aim to provide you with helpful tips for getting started with using altmetrics in … Read More
Lucy Goodchild explores the findings and attention around a piece of research published in the previous month that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast episode here. Whether it’s a Van Dyke, a Hulihee or a full beard, facial hair appears to have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the last decade, with 42 percent of British men sporting facial hair by the end of 2016. But fashion aside, why do humans grow beards in the first place? What sort of biological benefit does it afford, if any? This is a topic that Dr. David … Read More
Staying up to date with the latest trends in the topics you publish in can be challenging. In our recent webinars for publishers, we have focused on how you can use altmetrics data to stay ahead of the curve and boost your commissioning and promotional strategies as well as refresh your organizational identity. In this collection of free on-demand webinars, you will receive actionable insights that your editorial and marketing teams can apply directly to day-to-day tasks as well as long term planning.   Informing commissioning and data-driven decisions In this webinar, … Read More
Lucy Goodchild explores the findings and attention around a piece of recent research that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast episode here. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are information hungry: we want to know what’s happening around the world, and how we can stay safe and healthy, and look after each other. We’re looking everywhere for information – including on social media. But not everyone is finding trustworthy content. Heidi Li, a medical student at the University of Ottawa, was in a supermarket when she noticed that among the people hoarding supplies, … Read More
There’s little doubt that we are currently living in historic times. But what does the data from Facebook, blogs and news headlines on Covid-19 research tell us?  That’s what our 2020 Research Award winners hope to find out. Our award winners are Dr Fabio Castro Gouveia, a scientometrics and altmetrics specialist at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, and Dr Elaine Rabello, a researcher with dual appointments at the Institute of Social Medicine, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Wageningen University, Netherlands.  Dr Fabio Castro Gouveia (left) and Dr Elaine Rabello (right) are the winners of the 2020 … Read More
What role does social media play in health support and nursing education, and indeed; can it be used to influence patient outcomes? In a new special episode of the Altmetric Podcast, Digital Science’s Mike Taylor talks to children’s nurse and Senior Lecturer in Non-Medical Prescribing Kate Davies about her experience of using social media to connect directly with families impacted by particular conditions.  Mike and Kate explore how social media can bridge a gap for patients, and make it easier for those who can benefit from support materials and useful research to access them in a timely way: … Read More
Lucy Goodchild explores the findings and attention around a piece of research published in the previous month that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast episode here. For many people, Twitter is a place where you find memes and misbehaving politicians. Yet it seems the platform has a lot more to offer than entertainment: People have fallen in love, been arrested, made friends, and been hired and fired. How much can you achieve in 280 characters? If you get them right, quite a lot. According to the researchers behind a paper in PLoS Computational Biology, Twitter … Read More
This blog is based on an interview with Gemma Derrick, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University.   Metrics, and the responsible use of them, remains a hot topic for many institutions, particularly those in the UK who have been gearing up for their REF submissions.  This and other challenges were the focus of discussion at a recent Lis-bibliometrics event held at the University of Manchester earlier in 2020.  We caught up with one of the presenters from the day, Gemma Derrick, to get her take on altmetrics … Read More
Lucy Goodchild explores the findings and attention around a piece of research published recently that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast episode here. A kid stands in the lunch queue at school. It’s been a long morning and they’re hungry. They’re faced with an array of choices – sandwiches, salads, burgers and fries. Will they go for the healthy option? According to a recent study, their choice could be influenced by what they’ve been watching on television. In a paper in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Dr. Frans Folkvord and his … Read More