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Welcome to the August High Five! On a monthly basis, the High Five post highlights the articles that have received the most attention from a particular attention source type – whether it’s blogs, policy documents, Twitter, Wikipedia, or something else! This month we’ll be focusing on the pieces published in July that have been mentioned in posts on public Facebook pages. #1 The world is your oyster! Credit: Adapted from Getty Our first article this month is actually a careers piece, ‘Why it is not a ‘failure’ to leave academia … Read More
In this post, Amy Rees, Product and Client Support Specialist, and Cat Williams, Chief Operations Officer,  introduce the new attention source tracked by Altmetric. The post covers how Altmetric track patents, how to access the data and the new insights it uncovers. In April of this year you may have noticed a new colour in the Altmetric donut! The new orange segment represents our newest, and possibly most highly requested source: patent data.   Adding patent data to our database has provided an entirely different lens through which to explore the potential impacts of research, … Read More
In this guest blog post Karen Rowlett, Research Publications Advisor at the University of Reading, explains her role in promoting the Altmetric Explorer and Badges at her institution. This post also covers how their Altmetric tools and data are used to keep track of mentions of the University’s publications and uncover strategic insights. The University of Reading has had a subscription to Altmetic Explorer for over two years and we are now finding ways to embed the data in our everyday activities surrounding research and research impact. In my role as Research Publications Adviser at the University … Read More
Welcome to the July High Five! On a monthly basis, the High Five post highlights the papers that have received the most attention from a particular attention source type – whether it’s blogs, policy documents, Twitter, Wikipedia, or something else! This month we’ll be focusing on the papers published in July that have been tweeted about the most. #1 Is there life on Mars? Image credit: NASA Our first paper is “There’s water on Mars! Signs of buried lake tantalize scientists” published in Nature. The paper looks at the possibility of … Read More
The following guest blog post was written by Sara Rouhi, Director of ​Engagement & Advocacy at Altmetric & Dimensions. Whether you’re a researcher submitting a grant application, a tenure and promotion committee reviewing a dossier, or a communications officer looking to engage with the perfect online influencer to share your institution’s research, you’re ultimately looking for actionable insights. You want to find that needle in the haystack that qualitatively demonstrates that the work has impacted a particular audience. And you’ll want to know how you can use that needle to weave reports and narratives … Read More
CC-BY WOCinTech Chat / flickr Scientometrics researchers are well aware of how difficult and expensive it can be to access data for a bibliometrics study. That’s why Altmetric has created a free, easy way to find altmetrics data for research purposes: the Altmetric Researcher Data Access Program. In this post, I’ll introduce the Altmetric Researcher Data Access Program, explaining the criteria for accessing our data, how to access our data in a format that suits your needs, and how to apply to the Researcher Data Access program. About the Altmetric Researcher Data … Read More
This is the final post in a series of blog posts on the role Twitter plays in scholarly communication. This post is by, scientometrics researchers, Stefanie Haustein, Rémi Toupin and Juan Pablo Alperin. During the last weeks we have analyzed what types of scholarly documents get shared on Twitter, where those tweets come from, how they get shared and when Twitter activity occurs. Concluding our mini series on scholarly Twitter metrics, today’s … Read More
Welcome to the June High Five! On a monthly basis, the High Five post highlights the papers that have received the most attention from a particular attention source type – whether it’s blogs, policy documents, Twitter, Wikipedia, or something else! This month we’ll be focusing on the papers published in June to which we’ve captured the most videos on YouTube. #1 Immunotherapy Photo by Immunotherapy is magic under CC 2.0 Our first paper is “Immune recognition of somatic mutations leading to complete durable regression in metastatic breast cancer … Read More
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts on the role Twitter plays in scholarly communication by, scientometrics researcher, Stefanie Haustein. Tweets linking to scientific articles occur shortly after publication and Twitter activity often runs dry a few days later. The short-lived attention points to Twitter being used to spread the word about new publications rather than discussing them in-depth, as we discussed in last week’s blog post. In today’s post, we will analyze the temporal patterns of Twitter activity. As in … Read More
This is the third in a series of blog posts on the role Twitter plays in scholarly communication by, scientometrics researcher, Stefanie Haustein. It’s in the content and context of tweets that we can often find the most meaning. Unfortunately, most altmetrics research has analyzed counts and correlations rather than tweet content. In this post, I continue to analyze Altmetric data to explain how retweets and hashtags can help us better understand the degree to which users are engaging with research on Twitter. Of the studies looking at tweet content, one found that the majority … Read More