Altmetric Blog

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
This post is a recap of preliminary research that I and Altmetric software developer Abheer Kolhatkar shared at the 3:AM conference in September 2016. Regionally relevant social networks can tell us a lot about how research is shared and discussed in certain countries. In this post, we describe surprising differences between how Russian-authored and British-authored research is discussed on VKontakte (a major Russian social network) and Facebook (a global social network). VKontakte is Russia’s #1 social network A screenshot of a public VK profile … Read More
Our Ambassador of the Month for November is Josiline Chigwada, Sub Librarian at the Bindura University of Science and Education (BUSE) Library! Josiline has been an Altmetric Ambassador since August 2015 and has been spreading the word about altmetrics to colleagues and academics throughout her institution ever since. Josiline is also very involved with the research metrics community, having recently produced a research project looking at the take up of altmetrics for use in research funding in Zimbabwe and presenting her findings at this years 3:AM conference … Read More
Last Thursday we hosted our latest Twitter interview, this time with Digital Science’s Head of Metrics Development Mike Taylor. Mike joined the team at Digital Science earlier this year, having previously worked in Elsevier’s R&D group and metrics & analytics team. It was really interesting to read his answers about his new role, his involvement in the metrics (and theatre) community, research he’s been doing (not just on the uncertainty of spinach) and what he thinks is next for the field of altmetrics.  For this #altmetchat we decided to take a slightly different … Read More
This year’s Altmetricon event was well attended by altmetrics enthusiasts, users and knowledge seekers from publishing, funding and academic sectors – all ready for a day of presentations and stimulating discussions around altmetrics and their use. The morning sessions began with an insightful talk from Simon Porter, VP of Academic Relationships and Knowledge Architecture at Digital Science. Simon spoke about the state of the researcher information and the part that we, as a community, play in its expansion. Some important issues were brought up in Simon’s talk, including the importance of information that identifies people … Read More