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The following was originally posted by Altmetric’s Founder, Euan Adie, on LinkedIn Pulse on the 29th November 2016: Hello! I get asked at conferences every so often to explain how Altmetric got started. Here’s that story. Note that this isn’t the story of altmetrics in general, that’s covered in other places. Rather it’s the story of Altmetric the product. I always think of start-ups as involving eureka moments or chance encounters in corridors, but really Altmetric evolved slowly over quite a long period of time. In 2003 I started working in medical genetics at … Read More
Welcome to the final Altmetric High Five for 2016! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. The most popular research papers published in December 2016 deliver some big news for human health, including positive results of Ebola vaccine trials and health benefits of eating nuts, and some bad news for cheetahs.   Ebola virus. CDC. Paper #1. An Ebola Vaccine Our first High Five paper for December 2016 is “Efficacy and effectiveness of an rVSV-vectored vaccine in preventing Ebola virus disease,” published … Read More
American Psychiatric Association Publishing recently integrated the Altmetric badges into their journal pages to provide readers and authors with a real-time view of the online attention relating to their published articles. We spoke with Michael Roy, Editorial Director of Journals at APA Publishing, to find out more about why they were keen to display altmetrics and how they hope to use the data:   Thanks for chatting with us Michael! Could you tell us a bit about your Journals? My pleasure! Thanks for inviting me. Altmetric is … Read More
It’s Top 100 time again! Every year we dig into the Altmetric database to identify the journal articles that have received the most attention online in the sources we track, and highlight them to showcase the online engagement surrounding research. Access the 2016 Top 100 Some big key themes really stand out this year; the impact of technology on humanity, space discovery, and of course the huge impacts of the ZIKA virus all feature heavily. Studies in Medical and Health Sciences make up nearly half of the list, with issues relating to … Read More
If you’re interested to hear more about how new metrics are changing the research landscape, are keen to support your researchers and showcase the expertise within your institution, and want to see how institutions and funders are currently using altmetrics in their day-to-day workflows, then the Altmetric user conference on the 10th of February 2017 is for you! The day is being hosted at UTS in Sydney and will include a discussion of the latest developments in research metrics and evaluation. Interactive workshop sessions will help generate new ideas for tackling challenges and capitalising on potential … Read More
We’ve had a great week learning about how Altmetric came to be what it is today. To wrap up our #altmetricorigins campaign we thought we’d take a look back over some the biggest milestones for Altmetric since it started in 2011!   Launch of Altmetric and the Explorer for Publishers Altmetric was Founded by Euan Adie in 2011. After winning the Elsevier Apps for Science competition Euan was able to develop the first version of the Altmetric Explorer, which launched in February 2012. Altmetric received investment from Digital Science in June 2012 and are still … Read More
Our Ambassador of the Month for November is Josiline Chigwada, Sub Librarian at the Bindura University of Science and Education (BUSE) Library! Josiline has been an Altmetric Ambassador since August 2015 and has been spreading the word about altmetrics to colleagues and academics throughout her institution ever since. Josiline is also very involved with the research metrics community, having recently produced a research project looking at the take up of altmetrics for use in research funding in Zimbabwe and presenting her findings at this years 3:AM conference … Read More
Last Thursday we hosted our latest Twitter interview, this time with Digital Science’s Head of Metrics Development Mike Taylor. Mike joined the team at Digital Science earlier this year, having previously worked in Elsevier’s R&D group and metrics & analytics team. It was really interesting to read his answers about his new role, his involvement in the metrics (and theatre) community, research he’s been doing (not just on the uncertainty of spinach) and what he thinks is next for the field of altmetrics.  For this #altmetchat we decided to take a slightly different … Read More
This year’s Altmetricon event was well attended by altmetrics enthusiasts, users and knowledge seekers from publishing, funding and academic sectors – all ready for a day of presentations and stimulating discussions around altmetrics and their use. The morning sessions began with an insightful talk from Simon Porter, VP of Academic Relationships and Knowledge Architecture at Digital Science. Simon spoke about the state of the researcher information and the part that we, as a community, play in its expansion. Some important issues were brought up in Simon’s talk, including the importance of information that identifies people … Read More
Promoting your research online is vital if you need to provide evidence of the online engagement for your work, particularly when applying for promotion or tenure and funding. In this post I’ll be sharing the tips as well as the tools you’ll need to spread the word about your work and efficiently manage your online reputation. 1. Put together a strategy Like all good plans it’s best to start by thinking about who you want to reach! Begin by thinking about which researchers and other audiences will be interested in your work; the disciplines they work … Read More