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Welcome to the Altmetric High Five! 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 theme is evolution and genetics – of bacteria, of monsters, and even of unibrows.   B0010027 Cross section through mycoplasma mycoides Paper #1. Our top paper this month is “Design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome,” published in Science magazine. In the study, researchers from the Craig Venter Institute built a minimal genome, or a genome including only the genes essential for … Read More
Elizabeth Gadd, Research Policy Manager at Loughborough University shares their experience of academic reactions to the Altmetric Explorer: Last week Loughborough University’s Altmetric Explorer trial subscription sprang into life and was launched to staff via two training sessions expertly run by Natalia Madjeravic. What follows here are some comments we had from academics during and immediately after the training sessions. They are indicative, I think, of some of the uncertainty around altmetrics generally, and also some of the specific concerns we’re going to need to address over the coming months as we test the service across … Read More
In keeping with the “publisher perspective” theme we established last month, our featured Altmetric Ambassador for March is Paul Trevorrow, Executive Journals Editor at Wiley. Paul is based in Chichester and has followed the development of altmetrics and Altmetric since 2012. Have a look at his responses below to find out more about why he finds altmetrics useful: Tell me about your current work at Wiley. What does a typical day involve for you? I manage a portfolio of Physical Sciences journals. It is a vibrant and varied position and no day is typical which … Read More
Earlier this month Professor Rob Borofsky of the Center for a Public Anthropology at the Hawaii Pacific University launched a brand new site that gives some fascinating insights into the online attention that anthropological research receives in blogs, the mainstream media, and public policy documents.  We were really excited to see this new tool go live – the site it it’s entirety was built by Rob, and Altmetric data is fed in via API. We caught up with him to learn more about what his goals for … Read More
Back in 2013 I wrote a blog post mentioning that NISO was bringing together interested parties to try to define some standards around altmetrics – what they mean, how they can and should be used etc. At the time I was a bit skeptical that it wouldn’t be too much of a distraction but we definitely wanted to be involved. Over the past year or so – after some preliminary scoping work led ably by Martin Fenner – we split into three groups to help define data quality, use cases and output types & … Read More
Our Ambassador of the Month for February is Phaedra Cress, who is Executive Editor of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She is based in Clifton, New Jersey, and is an avid follower of all things altmetrics. 1. Tell me about your current work at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. What does a typical day involve for you?  First, I would like to thank the entire Altmetric team for creating such amazing connections among its ambassadors and for creating a forum where everyone from … Read More
Earlier this month Altmetric and Ex Libris announced an integration between the discovery service Summon and Altmetric data to enhance the user experience of the resource and significantly improve discoverability of academic content. This integration is available to all libraries using Summon allowing them to enable the use of Altmetric badges at the click of a button and at no extra cost. The badges highlight the online mentions and shares of each paper by showing the colourful Altmetric ‘donut’ next to each output in the search results listings, providing an immediate indicator of the amount and type of … Read More
“Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge.” – Nate Silver On February 3rd, RWTH Aachen hosted an event on the subject of alternative metrics for research, entitled “Publish or Perish: Alternative Indicators for Research Evaluation”, inviting both myself and Juan Gorraiz of the University of Vienna to come and address around 100 researchers. Juan, a seasoned and enthusiastic bibliometrics expert, began the roughly three hour session, warming up the audience with what is by far the most inventive title for a metrics-based presentation I have come across … Read More
Welcome to a new year of the Altmetric High Five! 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 theme is changing history. The top scientific papers this month according to all have big implications for our understanding of human, and celestial, history.   Pluto may no longer be a planet, but another “planet nine” may lurk beyond it. Pluto in false color. Image credit: … Read More
Over the last few years the topic of research metrics and evaluation has been increasingly discussed amongst researchers, funders and those in academic institutions. At the same time, publishers large and small have been quick to add these data to their platforms, in many cases by means of embedding the Altmetric donut badge you may have come across some of the journals you read. So what does the evolution of these new metrics mean for academic journal editors, and how can they ensure that their publication benefits from their application? In this blog post we’ll provide an overview of the … Read More