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In the second post of a new blog series, Head of Metrics Development Mike Taylor explores how Altmetric and Dimensions data can be used to build research narratives. This blog post has also been published on the Dimensions blog. Sidebar: The subject of this blog came about as a result of a tip-off, from my colleague Dr Juergen Wastl of Digital Science Consultancy. Juergen suggested I take a look at the science of plastic biodegradation, and in particular, the role played by the Greater Wax Moth, or Galleria mellonella. Mike is very happy to receive suggestions for the blog: … Read More
Research is key to mastering the grand challenges that society faces, from climate change to curing cancer. Using evidence to make policy and assess short- and long-term implications of research require both expertise and resources. Scientometric research is critical to understand the complex research ecosystem, but this requires that scientometricians have the available information and tools to conduct this research. In order to make advances in the field of scientometrics, it’s obvious that researchers should have easy, direct access to: A diverse set of research information—not only publications and citations, but also grants, patents, … Read More
In another of our 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 accompanying podcast here. “We have to do something about climate change before it’s too late!” Calls to action are getting louder and more urgent, but they’re not really engaging us. One of the issues is that climate change can be a difficult concept to grasp – what does 2 degrees actually feel like? How different might home feel in 30 years, when the … Read More
We speak to researcher and expert science communicator, Cylita Guy, about promoting her work on and offline, tips for finding the right communication channels and much more. Ensuring that your work is promoted effectively is often becoming a requirement of doctoral training programs and grant application processes. More than that, it is the responsibility of researchers to make sure the wider society is aware of new discoveries and how they impact them.   In this interview, we speak to the researcher, science educator, and storyteller, Cylita Guy. Cylita is an experienced science communicator, having … Read More
In another of our 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 accompanying podcast here. We know the power of ‘puppy dog eyes’ – that irresistible look that dogs use to wind their humans around their paws. Now scientists have shown that the facial movement is peculiar to dogs, and it has evolved since domestication as a result of their interaction with people. The idea for the study came about several years ago, when … Read More
We speak to Jennifer Regala, Managing Editor of The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology, and Liz Allen, Director of MarCom & Strategic Development at Annual Reviews, about the addition of Altmetric top lists to their websites and how they have benefited their readers, authors, librarians and more. A number of our publisher customers are focusing their audiences’ attention by highlighting their most talked about publications via a “top” Altmetric list. These lists are created using the Altmetric API along with a few lines of magic code and can appear in a variety of different ways on various parts of publishers’ … Read More
In another of our 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 accompanying podcast here. It’s the bane of the office worker’s day: the inevitable disagreement about the temperature in the room. Feeling hot? Open a window and jumpers may be pulled on passive-aggressively. Too cold? That heater you’re hiding under the desk might get your neighbour into a sweat. We’ve known for a while that … Read More
In the first episode of a new blog series, Head of Metrics Development Mike Taylor explores how Altmetric and Dimensions data can be used to build research narratives. This blog post has also been published on the Dimensions blog. Shortly after I joined Digital Science and Altmetric three years ago, I started to champion the idea that we could use Altmetric and Dimensions data as the foundations to building research narratives – descriptive stories of the trends in research output, scholarly impact, and public conversations. The idea was to focus on small, topic-based clusters of research. Human-scale analytics, … Read More
In another of our 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 accompanying podcast here. A Nature commentary with the support of 850 signatories has generated the highest Altmetric attention score of all time. What if our collective scientific knowledge was structured around an arbitrary threshold, a change to which could alter our assessment of scientific findings, shifting the basis on which policy is built and, … Read More
Introducing our latest Altmetric Explorer filters: Funders & Open Access Status. Register for our webinar on May 28th for demonstration of how this new functionality will allow users to quickly see and report on the engagement around funded research, understand the influence Open Access has on online attention and much more. We’re very pleased to announce that today we’ve introduced some crucial new functionality to the Altmetric Explorer. Our new search and filter options will allow you to find out how and by whom research funded by a specific organization and/or published Open Access has been discussed online. Read More