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An interference effect of equations? Theoretical biologists are skilled at creating mathematical models that can predict, assess, and/or explain natural phenomena. However, according to a recent study entitled “Heavy use of equations impedes communication among biologists” and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the presence of mathematical intricacies in ecology and evolution papers tends to reduce the number of subsequent citations in non-theoretical (empirically based) papers. The authors of the study, Tim Fawcett and Andrew Higginson from the University of Bristol, found that as mathematical equation density increased in the main text, the … Read More
Two days ago, scientists, science communicators, journalists, developers, publishers, and  educators (to name just a few) descended upon London for the SpotOn London 2012 conference hosted by the Nature Publishing Group. “SpotOn”, which stands for science, policy, outreach, and tools online, brought together people who are passionate about improving scientific communication in the age of the Internet. With all the members of our team in attendance, Altmetric had a big presence at the conference. We helped to organise the Hackday fringe event and sat on the panel of the “Altmetrics beyond the numbers” session. Read More
Talking about #womeninscience In the past year, women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have received a lot of online attention. News articles, lists of female scientists on Twitter and Google+, a gender bias survey for journal editors, and conference sessions (such as in next week’s “Women in Science” session at SpotOn London 2012, #solo12WIS) have all intensified the online focus on issues faced by women working in STEM. As in previous years, International Women’s Day (8 March) prompted renewed celebration of women’s contributions in research, in addition to … Read More
The Internet: harmful or just a memory aid? The Internet runs parallel to our physical world: it can be a library, a playground, a television, a telephone, and a postal service all at once. Although it has familiar functions, the Internet now delivers content in a way that we have never quite experienced it before: instantly and on-demand. Every Internet user has learned strategies to pluck relevant items out of the deluge of information. This digitally-adapted lifestyle inevitably affects all users in some way, but the extent to which the brain has been “altered” by the experience of technology remains … Read More
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