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Though altmetrics’ ability to directly predict “real world” impact is still very much under debate, one research team has found that the presence of altmetrics is related to the broader impacts of their REF2014-submitted research. We spoke to Dr. Jenny Wooldridge, a member of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Impact Evaluation team, to learn more about her team’s research that uses expert peer review, citations, and altmetrics to understand the attention and related impacts that UK research has received. Exploring the data Initially, Jenny’s team used the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions platform to run reports … Read More
The following was originally posted by Altmetric’s Founder, Euan Adie, on LinkedIn Pulse on the 29th November 2016: Hello! I get asked at conferences every so often to explain how Altmetric got started. Here’s that story. Note that this isn’t the story of altmetrics in general, that’s covered in other places. Rather it’s the story of Altmetric the product. I always think of start-ups as involving eureka moments or chance encounters in corridors, but really Altmetric evolved slowly over quite a long period of time. In 2003 I started working in medical genetics at … Read More
Happy New Year! We hope you’ve all had a lovely restful break and are ready for another busy conference season. The end of 2016 was really busy for us with the launch of Explorer for Institutions Version 2 and the release of our Top 100 list. Along with these we also made some exciting new partnerships with PubMed Central and IOP Publishing. We’d love to tell you all our latest news and more about our projects … Read More
Welcome to the final Altmetric High Five for 2016! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. The most popular research papers published in December 2016 deliver some big news for human health, including positive results of Ebola vaccine trials and health benefits of eating nuts, and some bad news for cheetahs.   Ebola virus. CDC. Paper #1. An Ebola Vaccine Our first High Five paper for December 2016 is “Efficacy and effectiveness of an rVSV-vectored vaccine in preventing Ebola virus disease,” published … Read More
In 2016, researchers worldwide used Altmetric data to make discoveries in the field of altmetrics. In this post, I’ll share some of our favorite Altmetric-backed studies, as well as other research that we think advances the field overall. “How to normalize Twitter counts? A first attempt based on journals in the Twitter Index” by Bornmann & Haunschild Many readers of this blog will likely already know that normalization is recommended for bibliometrics (i.e. placing citation counts in context by comparing a number against the performance of other outputs in a particular field, country of origin, or other characteristics). This … Read More
American Psychiatric Association Publishing recently integrated the Altmetric badges into their journal pages to provide readers and authors with a real-time view of the online attention relating to their published articles. We spoke with Michael Roy, Editorial Director of Journals at APA Publishing, to find out more about why they were keen to display altmetrics and how they hope to use the data:   Thanks for chatting with us Michael! Could you tell us a bit about your Journals? My pleasure! Thanks for inviting me. Altmetric is … Read More
It’s Top 100 time again! Every year we dig into the Altmetric database to identify the journal articles that have received the most attention online in the sources we track, and highlight them to showcase the online engagement surrounding research. Access the 2016 Top 100 Some big key themes really stand out this year; the impact of technology on humanity, space discovery, and of course the huge impacts of the ZIKA virus all feature heavily. Studies in Medical and Health Sciences make up nearly half of the list, with issues relating to … Read More
If you’re interested to hear more about how new metrics are changing the research landscape, are keen to support your researchers and showcase the expertise within your institution, and want to see how institutions and funders are currently using altmetrics in their day-to-day workflows, then the Altmetric user conference on the 10th of February 2017 is for you! The day is being hosted at UTS in Sydney and will include a discussion of the latest developments in research metrics and evaluation. Interactive workshop sessions will help generate new ideas for tackling challenges and capitalising on potential … 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 all describe findings of rather large proportions – some on firm footing and some on less solid ground. By the end of this article, your brain will be buzzing with questions.   A microelectrode array and a silicon model of a primate’s brain, as well as a pulse generator used to stimulate electrodes implanted on the spinal cord. Cred: Alain Herzog / EPFL Paper #1. Paralysed Monkeys … Read More
We’ve had a great week learning about how Altmetric came to be what it is today. To wrap up our #altmetricorigins campaign we thought we’d take a look back over some the biggest milestones for Altmetric since it started in 2011!   Launch of Altmetric and the Explorer for Publishers Altmetric was Founded by Euan Adie in 2011. After winning the Elsevier Apps for Science competition Euan was able to develop the first version of the Altmetric Explorer, which launched in February 2012. Altmetric received investment from Digital Science in June 2012 and are still … Read More