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.
This 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.
There’s a free plugin which can be added to any Primo instance. Anybody can download and 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:
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.