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Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for February! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month’s papers all have big, catchy headlines, from the earliest life on earth, to earth-like exoplanets, to human longevity.   Tubes of hematite, an iron-rich mineral, might be evidence of microbial billions of years ago. Matthew Dodd/University College London Paper #1. The Earliest Life on Earth – Found? Our first High Five paper appeared in Nature last week with the headline-making title “Evidence for early life in Earth’s oldest … Read More
Last December, the Natural History Museum in London announced the exciting news that it had made a group of datasets available for free online. Hosted on their Data Portal, these datasets are easily downloadable and often in a CSV format. Not only are these datasets free and easy to access, they are also each assigned a unique identifier, specifically a DOI. One of the huge benefits of assigning these identifiers it that it makes it much easier for the influence … Read More
The team here at Altmetric are always looking for new and creative ways to display our data to show its versatility and better meet the needs of our customers. Often these are created as custom visualisations which enable users to take a totally different approach to interrogating the attention insights we’ve collated. In this post I’ll take you through some of the previous projects from our team in London. Each of the different visualisations allow users to quickly view the attention for publications in a specific subject or published in a specific journal. The aim of … Read More
To begin our 2017 series of Altmetric Ambassador Spotlight interviews we spoke to Jane Burns, Research Officer in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI). Jane has been an active member of our Ambassador programme since February 2015 and regularly presents on the application of altmetrics as part of her role at RSCI, as well as at University College Dublin where she is a part-time lecturer and PHD student. As well as this Jane is also a member of the Executive Council at the … Read More
This post was written by Laura Wheeler, Community Manager at Digital Science and originally published on the Digital Science blog on the 14th February 2017.  Today it’s Valentine’s Day, the festive day focused on love. Here at Digital Science, love to us means all things science. So now it’s time to get to the heart of the matter… To celebrate, we thought we’d look at some of the data we have on “love” from across our family of companies and investments; from Altmetric data looking at the most-discussed research articles on falling in love, to a mathematician’s … Read More
The following post was written by John Tennant, Communications Director at ScienceOpen, and published on the Digital Science Blog on the 2nd February 2017. The original version is available to read here. Research always has context – the experience of the researcher, the institutional setting, the funding body, the publishing organ, the way it is interpreted and by whom. Trust is encoded in all of these complex contextual relationships. At ScienceOpen we are trying to open up the context of research as much as possible to support search and discovery of trusted / trustable research. With its transparent aggregation … Read More
Today’s researchers seem to have less time than their colleagues did in years past. They are burdened with mountains of administrative paperwork, scores of new articles to read per month, and–oh yeah–a heck of a lot of research to do, too! We recently asked researchers to share their favorite productivity tips and tricks for dominating their monstrous to-do lists. Here, I’ll share some of the best we found. I hope they help you, too! Use a task manager Altmetric (@altmetric) January 4, 2017 First things first: free up your cognitive load by writing down all those … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month’s most popular research papers have little in common. However, the findings reported within them are all striking in some way, from eye-opening, to weird, to promising for human health, to controversial or downright disturbing. Without further ado… Credit: Bindaas Madhavi, Flickr.com Paper #1. Gender Stereotypes Hold Back Girls and Boys Our first High Five paper is “Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children’s interests,” published in Science … Read More
On Monday this week we hosted a webinar focused around the use of altmetrics for books and some of the current challenges facing researchers and publishers that altmetrics can assist with. As well as this we wanted to examine new pressures from assessment bodies, and discuss how altmetrics may fill certain needs that traditional metrics fall short on. We invited three guest speakers to talk on these subjects: Amy Earhart, Associate Professor at Texas A&M, Jane Winters, Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of … Read More
What are altmetrics for books and why do we need them? In 2015 the Altmetric team embarked on exciting project: to develop and build Bookmetrix, in partnership with Springer Nature. Bookmetrix went live in April 2015 and marked a new beginning in the way that authors, publishers and editors can understand and interpret the online activity that takes place around the books that they produce. In 2016 the Altmetric team extended this more broadly, launching Badges for Books in April. With this new technology other publishers now have … Read More