Altmetric Blog

New promotional video for publishers Last week we unveiled a new promo video, which explains our main offering for scholarly publishers: the embeddable badges, API, and Altmetric Explorer web app. In the video, we explain how to get started with the badges, and what kinds of things you can do with the Altmetric API and Explorer. Check out the video below.     Upcoming Altmetric appearances Altmetric team members have got a packed calendar this autumn. If you’re attending any of the events listed below and would like to have a chat with us … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in August? This time, the papers were all about being human, and the things in our world (including Facebook and climate change!) that affect us. Here’s another monthly wrap-up of 5 new and popular articles picked from the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 31 August 2013.   [altmetric doi=”10.1371/journal.pone.0069841″ float=”right”] 1. Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults Published on 14 August 2013 in PLOS ONE This month, a new study that examined the influence of Facebook on “subjective well-being” (encompassing one’s mood and life … Read More
Welcoming Paul, our new CTO Before we jump into our latest news, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Paul Mucur, who recently joined the Altmetric team as our new Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Paul worked as a technical lead for Nature Publishing Group. Independently, he was also part of the team that created the awesome SciCombinator project for last year’s Rails Rumble competition.   Altmetric shortlisted for the 2013 ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation Altmetric has made it to the list of finalists for the 2013 Association of … Read More
TL;DR: The whole point of altmetrics is to move away from a single way of assessing a single type of impact (citations & influence on other articles) and to provide a variety of different options that give you a broader view of impact. Also: yes, people are going to try gaming new metrics. Jeffrey Beall has written a pretty negative blog post about altmetrics – it’s worth reading and balances out some of the more pro-altmetrics articles floating around. It does lump all possible (and some imaginary) forms of article level metrics together, which ironically annoys me slightly … Read More
From left to right: Dr. Janet Kawchuk, Dr. Ann Hawkin, and Dr. Sarah Shea of the IWK Health Centre. They are standing with a painting of Winnie the Pooh, which hangs from the wall of Dr. Shea’s office. A few weeks ago, I was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic of the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre. I was here for a very special reason: to meet with a few people who, nearly 13 years ago, authored an essay that would later become the most popular scholarly paper to ever hit the … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in July?  Interestingly, most of the popular articles that I selected for the July High Five were actually published near the end of the month, and all of them were mentioned in several news outlets. The Interactions blog series returns (from a brief summer hiatus) with this monthly wrap-up of 5 new and popular articles picked from the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 1 August 2013.     [altmetric doi=”10.1126/science.1239073″ float=”right”] 1. Creating a False Memory in the Hippocampus Published on 26 July in Science This month, neuroscience researchers from MIT … Read More
The Altmetric Bookmarklet: a free and useful reading companion People are talking about scholarly papers online, but what are they saying? And what digital tools are they using to communicate their ideas? In this blog post, we’d like to introduce you to the Altmetric Bookmarklet, a free browser tool that lets you easily find out how much attention that recent papers have received online. The image on the left gives you an idea of the data that you’ll see. First, the Bookmarklet shows you the Altmetric donut, which is colour-coded according to which sources have mentioned the article. Inside … Read More
What kinds of research did people talk about in June?  Here is another Interactions monthly wrap-up featuring a selection of 5 new and popular articles in the Altmetric database. Data are accurate as of 28 June 2013.   [altmetric doi=”10.1126/science.1238187″ float=”right”] 1. Direct Imaging of Covalent Bond Structure in Single-Molecule Chemical Reactions Published on 30 May 2013 in Science The incredible images featured in this Science article attracted a huge amount of online attention, instilling awe in both members of the public and scientists (see Altmetric details). The article described the first-ever visualisation of a molecule breaking … Read More
If you follow the #altmetrics hashtag on Twitter you may have noticed a bit of buzz around NISO getting a $200k grant from the Sloan Foundation to look into standards for Altmetrics. Mike Taylor has written a good post about it, expressing some skepticism. David Smith has a Google+ post up asking what people think. In both cases there’s some interesting discussion happening in the comments. It’s great to see Sloan keep pushing altmetrics forward and I’m confident that NISO are the right people to shepherd the community through this kind of process. Todd Carpenter … Read More
We receive a lot of questions about the sources that we track. On our new website, we’ve put up a lot of detailed information about Altmetric’s data sources, including Twitter, mainstream news outlets, blogs, and others. On the main Sources page, you’ll find information at a glance about 4 key points for every source: Activity: How actively the source is used as a communication medium. Level of Insight: The depth of the insights that a typical mention in the source delivers. Content Creators: The kinds of users who create … Read More