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Welcome to the March High Five! On a monthly basis, the High Five post highlights the papers that have received the most attention from a particular attention source type – whether it’s blogs, policy documents, Twitter, Wikipedia, or something else! This month we’ll be focusing on the papers published in March that we’ve tracked the most attention for in blogs. Altmetric indexes more than eleven thousand blogs #1 Are your facts alternative? Image credit: Marcus Kelman Our first paper is “The spread of true and false news online … Read More
Our colourful Altmetric donuts have received a lot of love over the years – whether it’s people sharing them on Twitter, liking them on instagram or showcasing them on their websites. We’ve been working hard on going beyond just visualizations though and we’re now delighted to announce that the next generation of donut is here! We call it the “Scratch and Sniff”. The donuts have the same distinctive look and feel as the original Altmetric graphic, but on most modern screens they now come with an extra level of goodness. When an item of research is … Read More
In May last year we announced that Dr Evan Goldstein  Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Geological Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was the winner of this year’s Altmetric Research Grant. We recently asked Evan to write us a summary of the progress he’s made with his project so far for our blog and he was happy to oblige…   Time flies. Almost a year ago I set out to investigate questions related to ‘how’, ‘when’ and ‘why’ scholarly mentions in Wikipedia using a > 33,000 article corpus from the high impact, high volume (>1000 … Read More
The following guest post was written by Heidi Becker, Digital Solutions Specialist for Altmetric and Dimensions at Digital Science. One day in a staff meeting, I listened to a fascinating presentation on a research project the foundation I was working for had funded. After the presentation was over, it was time for questions. One of the very first questions, from the back of the room, was “This is great – has anyone picked it up? Is anyone talking about it?” I practically leapt from my seat. You see, three years prior to this question being asked, it … Read More
Welcome to the February High Five! We’re departing from our regular format of analyzing of the top five most mentioned papers from the past month. From now on, each month we’ll examine the papers that have received the most attention from a particular attention source type – whether it’s blogs, policy documents, Twitter, Wikipedia, or something else! This month we’ll be focusing on the papers published in February that we’ve tracked the most attention for in global news outlets. #1: The earliest art scene was created by Neanderthals Image credit: … Read More
On February 8th we hosted a webinar on how Altmetric data and tools can be used to successfully action and track institutional research communication strategies. Our guest speakers were Oliver Renn and Joachim Schnabl from the Chemistry and Applied Biosciences department of ETH Zurich, who told us about how they’ve been using Altmetric tools and data for their institutional outreach efforts. “We wanted researchers to easily see who is attracted by their research” Oliver and Joachim explained how they’ve used theAltmetric API … Read More
The following guest post was written by Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. Communicating your science with different audiences is a vital part of academic research. As well as being a requirement for most doctoral training programmes and grant applications, it is also an altruistic responsibility of scientists to ensure that the wider society is aware of the research that is being conducted and how it might impact on them and their communities. However, science communication is a vast landscape and knowing where to start and how to be effective can be quite daunting. As such, I … Read More
Last week, the entire Digital Science family was thrilled to finally announce the Dimensions platform to the world. We at Altmetric were especially excited, as we played a major role by developing a related product: the Dimensions badges. Dimensions badges are interactive visualizations that showcase the citation data for individual publications. Each publication that is indexed in the Dimensions database gets its own badge. Although the first thing you see on every Dimensions badge is the citation count, clicking through to the accompanying details page reveals even more useful information, from new citation performance metrics such … Read More
We’re looking forward to seeing you at upcoming conferences, meetings and events this year! We’ll be giving presentations, workshops and manning booths across the globe and we’d love to meet you and give you an update on the latest product developments, partnerships and integrations we’ve been working on, including IOP Publishing, the Association of University Presses, Amazon and many more! Here’s where we’ll be: ISMPP European meeting, 23rd – 24th January, London, UK Ben … Read More
Happy New Year and welcome to the Altmetric High Five for December 2017, where we look back on the hottest papers of the month! 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 High Five papers could all be turned into New Year’s resolutions: Don’t get baited by cyber-trolls, watch your weight, forget the calcium pills, eat your vegetables, and be kinder to yourself when you come down with the flu (especially if you are a man!)   Credit: John Bauer … Read More