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This is the third in a series of blog posts on the role Twitter plays in scholarly communication by, scientometrics researcher, Stefanie Haustein. It’s in the content and context of tweets that we can often find the most meaning. Unfortunately, most altmetrics research has analyzed counts and correlations rather than tweet content. In this post, I continue to analyze Altmetric data to explain how retweets and hashtags can help us better understand the degree to which users are engaging with research on Twitter. Of the studies looking at tweet content, one found that the majority … Read More
This is the second in a series of blog posts on the role Twitter plays in scholarly communication. This post is by, scientometrics researchers, Stefanie Haustein, Germana Barata and Juan Pablo Alperin. One of the initial hopes of altmetrics, particularly those based on tweets, was that they might help to democratize the data we use to understand research impact and make measures fairer by reducing geographical and language biases. Unlike citation data from the US-centric Web of Science, which by definition does not cover journals … Read More
Welcome to the May 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 May that we’ve tracked the most attention for on Reddit. #1 Heroin Hypothesis Photo by Brian Turner under CC 2.0 Our first paper is “Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed” published in British Medical … Read More
The following guest blog post was written by Elizabeth Brophy, Journals Publishing Manager at John Wiley & Sons: Questions are what drive academic publishing. As a journal publisher, I am driven by the questions of the authors and editors I work with, and, in the ever-evolving publishing landscape, questions surrounding the presence, use, and impact of research articles online are becoming more prominent. These are the questions Altmetric can help us answer; many publishers, as well as libraries and institutions, now use Altmetric to track research outputs online, and whilst the way Altmetric presents its data has changed over … Read More
Welcome to the April 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 April that we’ve tracked the most attention for on Wikipedia. #1 How many butterflies? Image credit: David Raju https://www.naturetrek.co.uk/tour.aspx?id=549 Our first paper is “Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India” … Read More
Over the last few years I’ve had the chance to talk with dozens of universities and research institutes who’ve had funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, whose evaluation dates are now, to many a sweating researcher’s brow, looming ever closer. During that time, one of the most keenly sought after areas for support from the Altmetric service has been that part of funding evaluation known as “Innovation Actions”.   Innovation is directly tied to Funding “Innovation Actions” are critical measures to the success of the research being funded by beneficiaries of the Horizon 2020 … Read More
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