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Altmetrics in discovery platforms

Cat Williams, 20th November 2014

Identifying the right literature to spend time reading has long been a challenge for researchers – often it is driven by table of contents alerts sent straight to an inbox, or a recommendation from a superior or colleague. Libraries have invested in systems to make the most relevant content easily accessible and above all, easily discoverable. But a search in a discovery platform can draw hundreds of results, and it is sometimes difficult just from those to make an informed decision about what might be worth digging further in to.

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 14.49.24This is where altmetrics might be able to help. Including the Altmetric badges and data for an article within a discovery platform makes it easy for a researcher to determine which of those articles have been generating a buzz or picking up a lot of attention online, and with just a few clicks they can view the full Altmetric details page to identify if the attention is coming from news articles, blogs, policy makers, or being shared a lot on a social network such as Twitter or Facebook.

But it’s not just about what’s popular – it’s about context: this level of detail makes it easy to understand who is talking about the research and what they thought of it. Insight such as this may be particularly useful for younger researchers who are still building their discipline knowledge and looking for new collaborators and wider reading material.

At Altmetric we’re already supporting the implementation of our data and badges in platforms such as Primo (from ExLibris) and Summon (from ProQuest).

 

Primo
There’s a free plugin which can be added to any Primo instance. Anybody can download primoand install it, enabling  their users to see scores and mentions for any articles matched in the system via a new “metrics” tab on the item details page.

Clicking through on the donut brings you to the Altmetric ‘details page’, which displays the original mentions for the article. (Please note that, unless your organisation holds a license to the Explorer for Institutions platform, users will just see the first 4 mentions from each attention source).

You can find the documentation that details the long and short form badge embeds on the Primo Developer Network . Here’s an example of an implementation at Wageningen UR:

wageningen

 

Summon
Summon-logo-withtextSummon clients using a custom interface (like Heidelberg and University of Toronto) can easily integrate the Altmetric badges themselves .

You’ll need to use the JSON API, and as long as the results have identifiers (such as a DOI or PubMed ID) you’ll be able to display the altmetrics data for your articles.

And again note that, unless your organisation holds a license to the Explorer for Institutions platform, users will just see the first 4 mentions from each attention source.

 

If you’re running another discovery service and would like to find out if you can integrate the Altmetric badges, please drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do to help.

13 Responses to “Altmetrics in discovery platforms”

Altmetric (@altmetric)
November 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

Adding value to existing services: #altmetrics in discovery platforms: http://t.co/GI5A0D9MzL

Stacy Konkiel (@skonkiel)
November 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

If you liked my article on #altmetrics in reference searching, check out this #libchat RT @altmetric: http://t.co/QYuCErQW3K

Keita Bando (@KeitaBando)
November 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

Including the @altmetric badges and data for an article within a discovery platform makes it easy for a researcher .. http://t.co/g2u6Pk9wm1

レタープレス株式会社 (@LppsTweet)
November 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

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@hmbara
November 21, 2014 at 12:00 am

Altmetrics in discovery platforms - http://t.co/PaW8bCZ6YJ

Altmetric (@altmetric)
November 21, 2014 at 12:00 am

Integrating #altmetrics in Primo and Summon - add context to your discovery platform results: http://t.co/o0jkthD1Su

Links vom 24.11.2014 | Offene Wissenschaft
November 25, 2014 at 12:00 am

[…] Altmetrics in discovery platforms – Viele Interessierte (ob Wissenschaftler oder Laien) nutzen Suchplattformen um Indizes und Datenbanken nach interessanten/relevanten Papern zu durchsuchen. Bei solchen Plattformen spielen neben Empfehlungsmechanismen vor allem auch Serendipitätseffekte auf Basis von Verlinkung und Verschlagwortung eine wichtige Rolle. Altmetrics hat nun angefangen Altmetric Badges anzubieten die auf einen Blick die Relevanz von Papern zu bewerten. Schöne Sache, wir können hoffen, dass nach Primo und Summon noch weitere Plattformen folgen. […]

@aarontay
November 25, 2014 at 12:00 am

Altmetrics in discovery platforms | http://t.co/EQX9sPycbG badges in Primo central and Summon

Christine Stohn (@TINEIRS)
November 25, 2014 at 12:00 am

Altmetrics in discovery platforms http://t.co/KH3lbKVm2r

@f_renaville
November 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

#Altmetrics in #discovery platforms http://t.co/V5FrTTtKZA #discoverytools #Primo #Summon

[…] increasingly seeing Altmetric badges in resource discovery systems such as Summon and Primo – see our blog post on this for more […]

Aaron Tay (@aarontay)
May 27, 2015 at 12:00 am

Wondering if I should add altmetrics badges to Primo http://t.co/OW9WgFtBJI - sounds cool but probably not useful .

@hsubib
June 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

Altmetrics in discovery platforms http://t.co/PpDsoruOzA Die UB der HSU ist Summon-Anwender (Ta)

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