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News Roundup: Week of 20th May 2013

Jean Liu, 21st May 2013

News RoundupUpdates from Altmetric

It’s been a hugely exciting couple of weeks for all of us at Altmetric. First of all, we’re delighted that John Wiley & Sons, Inc. will be running a trial of Altmetric for 6 months on a number of their journals. Authors and readers can now view Altmetric badges directly on Wiley journal articles (for example, this one), and then click through to article details pages (like this one). On the article details pages for the different journals undergoing the Altmetric trial, Wiley have provided links to surveys on article level metrics (e.g., this survey which concerns altmetrics on Advanced Materials). We encourage users to fill out one of these surveys to let Wiley know what works and what doesn’t.


An example of an Altmetric article details page customised for Angewandte Chemie, a journal published by Wiley.

Another exciting development concerns the article level metrics pages at Previously, these pages only used the Altmetric data feed alongside other metrics, but now the Altmetric donut and score are prominently displayed too. See an example here.

In other news, we became a member of ORCID, which is an organisation that manages a registry of unique researcher identifiers. This means that in the future, we’ll be able to better link research outputs in the Altmetric database (articles and datasets) to their respective authors through the use of ORCID IDs. We also began to collaborate with Peerage of Science, a scientific peer review service. Since Peerage of Science produces final evaluation scores for articles that are peer-reviewed, we’ll soon be able to display the evaluation scores on the corresponding Altmetric article details pages.

Lastly, we signed the The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which aims to put “science into the assessment of research”. In the Naturally Selected blog from Faculty of 1000, Iain H highlighted some key points about DORA in a new post called “What is impact?” In the coming months, we’ll be providing more information about what Altmetric will be doing to support DORA.

Altmetric is proud to support the SF Declaration on Research Assessment Our goal this summer is to live up to it.

— Altmetric (@altmetric) May 16, 2013


From the community

Last week’s release of Will’s Altmetric WordPress plugin was met with lots of excitement on Twitter. Here’s the first use of the plugin that we’ve seen, as demonstrated in the Expert Edge blog:

Just tried the new @altmetric WordPress plugin on an old post about a cool #openaccess study: Other posts to follow!

— Expert Edge (@AJEexpertedge) May 16, 2013


A screenshot of Patrick Mineault’s website, SciTrends, which is powered by the Altmetric API.

Also worth mentioning is SciTrends (created by Patrick Mineault, a PhD student in neuroscience at McGill University), a website for scholarly reading that uses the Altmetric API to display trending scientific articles by category. The image on the left shows a screenshot of the site.





Save the date: Meeting up with Altmetric this summer

Recently, Altmetric has been making appearances at various excellent events: Euan was present at the STM Conference in Washington, and Jean attended the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Scientific Day and the British Science Association’s Science Communication Conference in London. (Check out MSF’s excellent summary of the Scientific Day, with a mention of our Interactions blog post.) This Wednesday 22nd May, Euan will be a panel speaker at The Now and Future of Data Publishing in Oxford.

Our summer is shaping up to be extremely jam-packed. In June, Euan will be attending the SSP Annual Meeting in San Francisco (5th-7th June), the OAI8 Workshop in Geneva (19th-21st June), followed by AAUP 2013 in Boston (20th-21st June). Meanwhile, Jean has been invited to attend this year’s SciFoo camp (21st-23rd June) at the Googleplex in Palo Alto, California. Later on, she’ll be at Open Repositories 2013 (sponsored by Altmetric) in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada (8th-12th July). She’ll also be delivering a seminar on the 16th of July at Dalhousie University’s Department of Pharmacology in Halifax, NS, Canada.

If you’re interested in meeting up with us at any of our upcoming events, please drop us a line on Twitter or at

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