Altmetric Blog

Taken from Shuai et al. 10.1371/journal.pone.0047523   (TL;DR there’s a big new dataset of tweets about arXiv preprints up on figshare – check it out and let me know if you do something cool with it) It’s the PLoS Article Level Metrics workshop & hackathon in San Francisco this weekend. The Altmetrics workshop that Jason, Dario & Paul Groth organized in Evanston earlier this year was awesome, so I was disappointed when some conflicting responsibilities meant I couldn’t attend this time around (it’s all good – what’s stopping me from flying out is a new baby daughter). I’m … Read More
The kinds of attention that scholarly articles receive often tell interesting stories. In the “Interactions” weekly series of blog posts, we look at how intertwining conversations and differing views of the general public, scientists, medical professionals, and science communicators contribute to the overall impact of a scholarly article. The hurdles of a research career In the life of a scientist, frustrations and setbacks are experienced on a regular basis. The trouble typically begins in graduate school, during a scientist-in-training’s first genuine foray into the research world. Success, no longer measured only through grades, is determined by research output … Read More
The kinds of attention that scholarly articles receive often tell interesting stories. In the “Interactions” weekly series of blog posts, we look at how intertwining conversations and differing views of the general public, scientists, medical professionals, and science communicators contribute to the overall impact of a scholarly article.   Science in the making Science is shared online for many reasons, and in the short-term, exciting, novel findings are what typically seep into the public’s consciousness. And yet, a number of long-term, ongoing online discussions concern so-called “science-making”, a subject that can encompass everything from publication processes to research … Read More
The kinds of attention that scholarly articles receive often tell interesting stories. In the “Interactions” weekly series of blog posts, we look at how intertwining conversations and differing views of the general public, scientists, medical professionals, and science communicators contribute to the overall impact of a scholarly article. The first wave: making a “big” splash After a hot research article is first published in a scientific journal, a wave of digital attention sweeps across global social media networks. This wave is sometimes propelled by science communication outlets such as news sites and blogs, which often boil down research findings into … Read More
  SciCombinator pulls together a list of the most talked about content from PubMed and allows you to browse or comment on it. It is, in a word, awesome. SciCombinator is a scientific news aggregation and discussion site. We collate, score and rank scientific articles based on their Altmetric score and other metadata to bring you the most talked about articles. Impressively it was built in a single weekend by a group of Nature Publishing Group developers, as part of the Rails Rumble contest (if you like it you should go vote for them there), using the … Read More
The kinds of attention that scholarly articles receive often tell interesting stories. In the “Interactions” weekly series of blog posts, we look at how intertwining conversations and differing views of the general public, scientists, medical professionals, and science communicators contribute to the overall impact of a scholarly article.   Where does science fit in our lives? Whether its impact is obvious or even barely perceptible, science surrounds us and permeates every aspect of society, from public health to government policy. Who we are, what we do, where we live, and how our society fits into the global community all … Read More
… almost certainly not, is the short answer. Makes for a fun conspiracy theory though. Maybe once a month we see an article temporarily jump to the top of the attention rankings because it has been randomly selected as filler content by a Twitter spambot network. The intention, I guess, is that if you go to a Twitter user’s page and see only a big list of tweets about cheap car insurance you dismiss them as a spammer immediately but if you see a bunch of interesting, legit links mixed in you may start to wonder if there’s … Read More
The kinds of attention that scholarly articles receive often tell interesting stories. In the “Interactions” weekly series of blog posts, we look at how intertwining conversations and differing views of the general public, scientists, medical professionals, and science communicators contribute to the overall impact of a scholarly article.   Capturing the nuances of digital attention The number of citations that an article receives has long been used as a standard measure of research impact. However, citation counts cannot capture the nature of the attention (such as whether the response is positive or negative) is also critical for assessing a … Read More
“The Web lets us move beyond the article and beyond the Impact Factor. But, strangely…we haven’t. Or perhaps it’s not so strange when we consider that the scholarly reward system we’ve inherited is in fact built squarely on these two features.” Altmetrics pioneers Jason Priem & Heather Piwowar announce ImpactStory,  a new webapp aiming to provide a broader picture of impact to help scholars understand more about the audience and reach of their research. “The “publish or perish” model of the academic world has followed a similar pattern since the middle of the last century. It generally … Read More
The kinds of attention that scholarly articles receive often tell interesting stories. In the “Interactions” weekly series of blog posts, we look at how intertwining conversations and differing views of the general public, scientists, medical professionals, and science communicators contribute to the overall impact of a scholarly article.   The current champion of the Altmetric database is an article which appeared nearly 12 years ago in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), and has been mentioned in over 11,000 tweets since 2011. As part of an end-of-year holiday joke special, the CMAJ published the article by Sarah Shea and colleagues … Read More