We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a brand new design for the Altmetric details pages. The new details pages are now appearing on the Altmetric Explorer, Altmetric for Institutions, and the free Altmetric Bookmarklet. (They’ll also be made available on publicly-accessible publisher details pages soon.) Read on to find out about the new features we’ve added, and learn more about our launch plans.
Listening to user feedback
The new design constitutes the most significant change we’ve made to the details pages since Altmetric was founded in 2011. Efforts to revamp the details pages have been driven primarily by intensive user research we’ve conducted in the recent months. To find out what our users wanted to see on the details pages, we conducted hours of interviews with various organisations, including universities, funders, and publishers.
During our interviews, we gathered a lot of interesting feedback about the usability of the pages, how often certain tabs were accessed, and so on. We also learned that users wanted increased clarity in the Score tab, as well as more information and transparency about the data sources that we track (beyond what already exists on our website and Knowledgebase). We also got some pretty cool feature requests, which we’ve started implementing in the new details pages.
Our primary goals were to improve the overall user experience for the details pages and to make all messaging as clear as possible.
Exploring the new details pages
As part of this major re-design, we’ve made the details page layout clearer and also mobile-friendly, meaning that the pages now load beautifully on mobile phones and tablets.
Try clicking through some examples of the new details pages here and here. One significant change that you’ll notice right away is the addition of a “Summary Tab”, which includes bibliographic information, demographics for Twitter and Mendeley, and simplified score in context information. We’ve also added a prominent button that enables you to receive e-mail alerts whenever a particular article is mentioned. (This feature was designed for authors, and provides a daily e-mail digest summarising new attention for subscribed articles.)
The metrics legend (underneath the donut) is now clickable – if you click on a particular source, you’ll be taken to the corresponding source tab. For instance, if you click on the number of Wikipedia page references in the legend, you’ll be taken directly to the Wikipedia tab of the details page.
If you click through the various source tabs, you’ll notice that we’ve added some help buttons (“?” icons that lead to popouts) about our various sources and the Altmetric score in context. These popouts explain what you are seeing on each tab, and can help you to understand the kinds of things that Altmetric collects for each source. There are also clearer directions for getting in touch with our support team, if you happen to need any extra assistance.
Finally, we’ve added some neat sharing features, including the “Embed badge” button, which gives you HTML code that you can use to embed the Altmetric donut (for the article you’re viewing) onto your personal website, CV, or blog. We’ve also added a “Share” button, which lets you easily share a link to a details page on social media or by e-mail. It’s now easier than ever for authors to tell the world about their work’s successes in public engagement and scholarly influence.
Today, the new details pages are being launched simultaneously on the Altmetric Explorer, Altmetric for Institutions, and the Altmetric Bookmarklet. This means that within the 3 products, any links that you click on to view the details pages will be redirecting to the newly-designed details pages.
For the time being, badges on publisher sites and the free embeddable badges will continue to link to the older version of the details pages. Over the next few months, we will be gradually phasing out the old details pages and replacing them with the new design. We’ll be getting in touch shortly with all publishers who use Altmetric to discuss their individual upgrades to the new details pages.
When reporting on altmetrics data, we think that it’s crucial to look at the conversations surrounding scholarly work, as well as the raw metrics. Auditability of the data is important to us, which is why the Altmetric details pages are meant to bring all the actual conversations and metrics into one place. Whether you use the Bookmarklet, the Explorer, Altmetric for Institutions, or the Altmetric API, the details pages are a big part of your experience with our data. We hope that these new eye-catching details pages will make it even easier to see and showcase the conversations surrounding your research.