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In the last week alone, Altmetric has tracked almost 170,000 new mentions of research from Wikipedia. That’s 170,000 times research is being cited on a site that, in the last year, has received over 266 billion pageviews.   If you want to know if your research is reaching the public domain and influencing wider understanding of an area, this is arguably a pretty useful indicator.  Since January 2021 Altmetric has significantly extended its coverage of Wikipedia – what began in 2015 with the English version … Read More
The tiny Bramble Cay melomys of Australia, the brightly colored splendid poison frog of Panama and the powerful Western black rhino from Cameroon are three striking examples of the catastrophic global event we are currently experiencing: the sixth mass extinction. According to the United Nations, more than 31,000 species are currently under threat of extinction. This puts us behind global targets to halt biodiversity loss. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 aims to address the ongoing extinction crisis. But is it enough? “The SDGs are helping by putting us in the right frame,” said Prof. Gerardo Ceballos of … Read More
You’ve just received some great news. Your research, published recently in the Journal of Widget Technology, is receiving a lot of attention online. You log into Altmetric Explorer and download all of the discussion data for your article: hundreds of tweets, coverage in a dozen news outlets, and even a citation in a policy document! You excitedly call your co-authors to share the news. That’s interesting! they say. Is that a lot of attention? How does it compare to other widget studies research? As you hang up the phone, you realise you need a basis of comparison in order to … Read More
Hunger is a growing problem worldwide. Conflict, climate change and COVID-19 continue to threaten food security. In 2019, an estimated 2 billion people “did not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food,” according to the UN. The more people there are to feed, the worse the problem becomes. By the time you finish reading this sentence the global population will have increased by about 15 people. We are already edging toward 8 billion and by 2050 the earth will be home to 10 billion … Read More
Policy tracking in Altmetric  If you care about the real-world impact of a piece of research, a reference in a report by the World Health Organisation or an African Union proceedings is a gold mine. Altmetric tracks policy sources that range from UN organisations to small local think tanks. We are constantly adding new sources to our tracking. Since the beginning of 2020 our policy database has grown from 83 major sources from 23 countries up to 224 sources from 55 countries at the time of this writing – and counting! How new sources are added In order to add … Read More
Prevention is central in our fight against infectious diseases, and vaccination helps ensure people can continue to lead healthy lives. According to a study in The Lancet, vaccines for ten pathogens, including hepatitis B virus, HPV and measles, will have prevented an estimated 69 million deaths between 2000 and 2030. Using models to estimate disease burden, the researchers also showed that for people born in 2019, vaccines will result in a 72% reduction in lifetime mortality. By preventing infection, illness and death, vaccination supports Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: to ensure health and well-being for all, at every … Read More
As well as tracking millions of research articles, Altmetric also tracks attention for over a million books and book chapters. This post will show you the easiest ways to search for these outputs in the Altmetric Explorer, and learn more about attention around these titles.  Filtering The first step when searching for a Book or Book Chapter is to ensure that you have the correct filters set, these are shown in the screenshot above. It is possible for a Book Chapter to have attention, but for the parent Book record to have no attention, so … Read More
In many parts of the world, water is taken for granted. Turn on a tap and it appears – clear, clean, trustworthy – whenever it’s needed. But this isn’t the case everywhere. Although decades of global efforts to ensure people have access to clean and safe water and sanitation have improved the situation somewhat, as of 2017, 2.2 billion people still lacked access to safely managed drinking water. There is a global effort to improve access to clean water and sanitation through the UN Sustainable Development Goals – specifically Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water … Read More
To all of our customers,  As some of you will have noticed over the past week, Altmetric has been experiencing some service issues, including downtime, reduced performance and misattributed data. This has been caused by a major incident at one of our infrastructure providers.  What happened? At approximately 0100am (UTC) on March 10th 2021, one of our infrastructure providers suffered a major fire, during which one of its data centres was destroyed. This caused an immediate outage for many of our services, lasting until 0335am. How have the Altmetric services been impacted? While all … Read More
This blog post will cover how you can easily save searches in Altmetric Explorer and use these saved searches to create alerts and shareable reports. These features will save you time by alerting you to the attention that is most meaningful to you, bringing recent and relevant attention to the forefront.  Saving Searches With the click of a button, you can easily save any search you run in Altmetric Explorer. Consider limiting your search to a particular journal, department at your institution, or even by publication date. In the upper right corner of any tab in … Read More