We’ve had a great start to 2013 at Altmetric – here are a few recent developments we’d like to share.
Since November, we’ve been working on improving our lists of blog sources that are scanned through for mentions of scholarly papers. The scholarly blogosophere (which we represent as in yellow; see the donut on the right) is a fascinating, ever-changing entity, and we’ve been having great fun delving into blogging communities of various different disciplines and capturing mentions from the most interesting, reliable, and well-written blogs. We started by adding over 100 physics and astronomy blogs and about 100 library and information science blogs to our database. We then beefed up our chemistry blog count with over 80 blogs. Now, we’ve begun to add more medical blogs written by and for clinicians, researchers, and patients (92 blogs and counting). As we continue to expand our collection, we plan to focus on blogs relating to the humanities, economics, and social sciences, while also keeping our excellent compilation of life science blogs up-to-date.
Integration into other platforms
Lately we’ve collaborated with 2 fellow Digital Science portfolio companies, Symplectic and BioData. Users of the research information management system Symplectic Elements will no longer see small rectangular Altmetric badges on publication pages; instead, the Altmetric donut will be displayed beside the citation counts. The heightened visibility of the donut was announced in mid-December, alongside a host of new features that accompanied a major update to Elements v4.0. Also, it was announced yesterday that Altmetric data and donuts have been integrated into the research management platform Labguru software platform. Labguru’s integration with Altmetric means that users can now easily follow the alt-metrics of research papers that are relevant to particular projects.
In other news, Lars Nielsen from CERN has created a Python wrapper (alternative link here) for the Altmetric API. Similar to how rOpenSci developed a way to translate the Altmetric API into a format that can be read in the R statistical software environment, this new Python wrapper enables freely-available data from the Altmetric API to be manipulated in the Python programming language.
Finally, our first conference appearance of the year will be at Symplectic’s Australian User Conference (19th February), which will be held at the University of Melbourne. If you plan to attend, do come and say hello – we’d love to meet you!