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 Coronavirus (or COVID-19 as it is now formally known) first emerged in central China in December 2019. Since then, news of its spread has dominated media headlines around the world. As of 30 March 2020, 723,740 people are estimated to have contracted the virus, and for more than 34,000 people it has proved fatal.  The research world has been quick to react, with reports of teams around the globe in a race to develop vaccines, and scholarly publishers opening up their related content so … Read More
In the first monthly blog post of 2020, written by Science Wordsmith Lucy Goodchild, we explore the findings and attention around a piece of research published in the previous month that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the accompanying podcast here. At the start of the year, the gym is busy, vegetables are flying past cashiers at the supermarket and runners are pounding the pavement, all in a bid to get healthier. But it’s not easy to stick to new year’s resolutions; according to some estimates, some 80 percent of people will have fallen off track by February. What … Read More
Have you ever wondered how to use altmetrics to enhance a CV or grant application? Or perhaps you would like to use altmetrics to describe your potential research impact on a website or in a presentation but aren’t sure how to do it. This blog post will walk you through some ideas on how you can incorporate altmetrics into a narrative format to communicate the attention your work is receiving online.    Establishing Context Whether you’re using bibliometrics or altmetrics to discuss the potential impact of your work, it is best to provide your reader with … Read More
Keeping track of the quality of your institution’s research is essential, but gathering a complete picture of the response to your publications can be challenging. In this interview, we speak to Sahar Abuelbasher, Research Metrics Analyst at the University of Sussex. Sahar is responsible for reporting on the performance of Sussex’s research using a range of metrics and presenting her insights so that they can be practically applied to improve the University’s research strategy. Sahar tells us about how she uses Altmetric data and tools within her role at Sussex, how it has helped improve their research promotions and how … Read More
In this blog post, you can find out more about the science stories that hit the headlines in 2019. In the accompanying podcast episode – the last episode of The Altmetric Podcast in 2019 – we zoom in on a couple of the year’s most popular studies. Did you catch much science news in 2019? Maybe you noticed Google claim quantum supremacy. Perhaps you discovered that our galaxy is warped and flared. You might have seen the growing body of evidence that climate change is getting more and more serious. And you probably heard about one of the many … Read More
In this post, Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research Relations at Altmetric, gathers and categorizes the altmetrics-related research that published this year. Photo by M. B. M. on Unsplash Here, I’ve collected and categorized the 50 known articles, preprints and book chapters published in 2019 that analyze Altmetric data. We’re proud to continue to support scientometrics researchers worldwide by offering access to our data, free of charge–something we’ve done since Altmetric was founded in 2011. We’re also grateful to the researchers who study Altmetric data. Through their work, we can better understand the value of altmetrics in a variety … Read More
In another monthly blog post written by Science Wordsmith Lucy Goodchild, we explore the findings and attention around a piece of research published in the previous month that caught the public’s attention. Listen to the podcast episode here. If you’ve ever criticized ‘kids today’ for not reading enough, or being smart enough, or playing outside enough, or respecting their elders enough, then you’ve probably experienced a mental glitch that scientists have identified as common to all generations. When we consider ourselves good at something – respecting authority for example – we tend to think the younger … Read More
In scholarly publishing and research evaluation, the journal article has dominated for years. In the most extreme cases, researchers are promoted and rewarded based purely on the number of publications they have produced in a year (especially the percentage of those published in ‘High Impact’ journals) — leaving the future of the book or monograph unclear.  In a recent Altmetric webinar, stakeholders from across the scholarly space came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities that books present. Books, it was agreed, have a very vital part to play in scholarly communications – and offer a unique value that cannot … Read More
Do you know who is engaging with your research and that of your peers the most? Having this information at your fingertips can help build your professional networks, benchmark performance, evidence successes, and shape more effective communication strategies.  It’s certainly something a lot of our users have been asking for, and so we’re really excited to announce our newest addition to the Altmetric Explorer: the ‘Mention Sources’ tab! Available from today, the Mention Sources tab makes it quick and easy to see exactly which sources and people (e.g., specific tweeters, news outlets, policy sources, … Read More
Want to save time and conduct better, more in-depth analyses of the research landscape? If you’ve got access to both Dimensions (Plus or Analytics) and the Altmetric Explorer then you’ll be excited to hear about Dimensions’ latest release: a new integration that enables users to instantly import search queries into the Altmetric Explorer, allowing for a more detailed attention analysis.   Using this search integration, users will be able to run a publications search query in Dimensions as usual, and then quickly and easily view the corresponding in-depth attention data directly in the Altmetric Explorer. Supporting collaboration, in-depth analysis and so … Read More