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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. When you see someone for the first time, you can usually guess roughly how old they are. This is because we spend our whole lives interacting with people, we see what they look like and often know how old they are, so our brains develop a sort of model we can base predictions on. Every so often, someone will surprise us – if they look significantly younger or older than … Read More
Book publishers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to engaging with authors; commissioning must-read content, finding new authors to work with as well as encouraging authors to publish again. Altmetric data makes the perfect companion to existing data for books allowing book publishers, and their authors, to understand the big picture of the impact a book is having.   In a recent Altmetric webinar, author David Giannetto and Digital Science’s Sara Grimme discussed how publishers help their authors to promote their titles and connect with the media . In a world where attracting potential … 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 here. If you’ve ever left the doctor’s office feeling unheard, you’re not alone. The challenges of the medical profession have eroded the connection between patient and doctor in many cases, and this could be having a negative impact on people’s health. The average doctor in the US works 60 hours a week, enduring pressure from administrative tasks, technology distractions and packed schedules. “All of this can create an environment … Read More
Please note the data in this blog post is updated weekly – most recent update 30 March 2020. Coronavirus (or COVID-19 as it is now formally known) first emerged in central China in December 2019. Since then, news of its spread has dominated media headlines around the world. As of 30 March 2020, 723,740 people are estimated to have contracted the virus, and for more than 34,000 people it has proved fatal.  The research world has been quick to react, with reports of teams around the globe in … Read More
In the first monthly blog post of 2020, written by Science Wordsmith Lucy Goodchild, we explore 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 here. At the start of the year, the gym is busy, vegetables are flying past cashiers at the supermarket and runners are pounding the pavement, all in a bid to get healthier. But it’s not easy to stick to new year’s resolutions; according to some estimates, some 80 percent of people will have fallen off track by February. What … Read More
Have you ever wondered how to use altmetrics to enhance a CV or grant application? Or perhaps you would like to use altmetrics to describe your potential research impact on a website or in a presentation but aren’t sure how to do it. This blog post will walk you through some ideas on how you can incorporate altmetrics into a narrative format to communicate the attention your work is receiving online.    Establishing Context Whether you’re using bibliometrics or altmetrics to discuss the potential impact of your work, it is best to provide your reader with … Read More
Keeping track of the quality of your institution’s research is essential, but gathering a complete picture of the response to your publications can be challenging. In this interview, we speak to Sahar Abuelbasher, Research Metrics Analyst at the University of Sussex. Sahar is responsible for reporting on the performance of Sussex’s research using a range of metrics and presenting her insights so that they can be practically applied to improve the University’s research strategy. Sahar tells us about how she uses Altmetric data and tools within her role at Sussex, how it has helped improve their research promotions and how … Read More
In this post, Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research Relations at Altmetric, gathers and categorizes the altmetrics-related research that published this year. Photo by M. B. M. on Unsplash Here, I’ve collected and categorized the 50 known articles, preprints and book chapters published in 2019 that analyze Altmetric data. We’re proud to continue to support scientometrics researchers worldwide by offering access to our data, free of charge–something we’ve done since Altmetric was founded in 2011. We’re also grateful to the researchers who study Altmetric data. Through their work, we can better understand the value of altmetrics in a variety … Read More
In another monthly blog post written by Science Wordsmith Lucy Goodchild, we explore the findings and attention around a piece of research published in the previous month that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the podcast episode here. If you’ve ever criticized ‘kids today’ for not reading enough, or being smart enough, or playing outside enough, or respecting their elders enough, then you’ve probably experienced a mental glitch that scientists have identified as common to all generations. When we consider ourselves good at something – respecting authority for example – we tend to think the younger … Read More
In scholarly publishing and research evaluation, the journal article has dominated for years. In the most extreme cases, researchers are promoted and rewarded based purely on the number of publications they have produced in a year (especially the percentage of those published in ‘High Impact’ journals) — leaving the future of the book or monograph unclear.  In a recent Altmetric webinar, stakeholders from across the scholarly space came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities that books present. Books, it was agreed, have a very vital part to play in scholarly communications – and offer a unique value that cannot … Read More