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Enhanced Demographics Tab Now Includes Mendeley Readership Stats

Jean Liu, 14th October 2014

Mendeley LogoDiving deeper into scholarly attention with Mendeley

Lately at Altmetric, we’ve been thinking about how to better showcase readership statistics from academics. We already do basic tracking of Twitter user demographics (which does include academics) but from that set of data, we weren’t been able to give much more detail on academic attention.

And so it seemed logical for us to turn to a different service, like Mendeley, which already tracks readership information in quite some detail. Mendeley is a software platform that is very popular amongst scholars as a reference manager and e-reader. A user who saves a paper to their Mendeley library is termed a “reader”.

In a recent blog post, a product manager at Mendeley described their readership statistics as follows:

“Mendeley Readership is one measure of how researchers engage with research on Mendeley. Simply put, it is the number of Mendeley users who have added a particular article into their personal library.”

Altmetric has already been displaying Mendeley readership counts for quite a long time, but the integration up until now has been fairly simple. (Within each Altmetric article details page, we already showed “Mendeley reader counts” on the left-hand side of the page, alongside the various other metrics.)

Because Mendeley also collects many interesting anonymised demographic stats about their users (such as location, professional status, and disciplines of research), it made a lot of sense for us to start displaying these data in addition to the reader counts.

And so we’re pleased to announce today that Altmetric now displays Mendeley readership stats and a map of reader locations. Specifically, for all articles that appear in the Altmetric database, you can now view a map of all readers, as well as a breakdown by discipline and by professional status. You can also get a link to the article’s page on Mendeley so that, if you’re a Mendeley user, you can save the paper to your own library. (Read the press release here.)

Here’s an example of an Altmetric article details page that includes Mendeley readership information (in the Demographics tab).

 

You can access the new Mendeley readership data in two ways:

1. Click on the number of Mendeley readers listed on the left-hand side of an article details page, and it’ll scroll to the appropriate spot on the Demographics tab:

Accessing Mendeley counts

 

2. Click on the Demographics tab and scroll down to view the Mendeley attention, which looks something like this:

Mendeley attention

For more information, please check out the press release.

Like this feature? Let us know by e-mailing us at info@altmetric.com or tweeting us at @altmetric.

11 Responses to “Enhanced Demographics Tab Now Includes Mendeley Readership Stats”

Digital Science (@digitalsci)
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Sri Amudha S (@Sriamudha1)
October 30, 2014 at 12:00 am

Bravo to the new step forward! But, I do have a different perspective. Studies have shown high correlation between Mendeley and Citation metrics which give us a hope that Mendeley counts can be one of the early indicators to identify the highly cited articles. If so, including Mendeley readership in Altmetrics has a possibility to exacerbate the process of measuring research impact as there is a possibility for 'data overlapping' between mendeley readership and citation counts. Any opinion?

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