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Promoting your research online is vital if you need to provide evidence of the online engagement for your work, particularly when applying for promotion or tenure and funding. In this post I’ll be sharing the tips as well as the tools you’ll need to spread the word about your work and efficiently manage your online reputation. 1. Put together a strategy Like all good plans it’s best to start by thinking about who you want to reach! Begin by thinking about which researchers and other audiences will be interested in your work; the disciplines they work … Read More
This is a guest post contributed by Gwilym Lockwood. Gwilym did his PhD in the neuroscience of language at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He now works as a trainee data visualisation consultant for The Information Lab in London. It can feel like the divide between scientists and the public is becoming increasingly partisan, with the media portraying scientists as out of touch and the public as reluctant to engage with research. One way to examine this divide is to look at how scientists and members of the public interact with research on social media. 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 are all about the human body, from aging, to disease, to the neuroscience of lying. With a bit of star dust mixed in! Image credit: Charline Tetiyevsky, Paper #1. Age Limit Our first High Five paper is “Evidence for a limit to human lifespan,” published in Nature this month. The study authors analyzed global demographic data, and found that “improvements in … Read More
This post was contributed by Dr. Lauren Cadwallader, winner of Altmetric’s first annual Research Grant and Open Access Research Advisor in the Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge University Library. Earlier this year I was awarded the first annual Research Grant to carry out a proof-of-concept study into the patterns of online attention received by journal articles that are incorporated into policy documents. I was planning to look at the types and timings of attention that papers received before they were incorporated into a policy document, to see if there was some way to help research administrators make … Read More
Last year on Halloween it was the asteroid headed for earth that caught the attention of scientists. Disaster averted, we’ve plunged into the Altmetric database to see what’s in stall for this year…. Hold on tight to your broomsticks! The psychology of fright and Halloween horrors Trick or treat? This research looks at why we seek out experiences that we know will expose us to dread, disgust and terror, and examines what influences enjoyment of horror movies. The authors found that people who find horror appealing tend to enjoy heavy metal … Read More
The following post was written by Dylan Parker, Associate Publisher at BioMed Central, and can also be read on the BioMed Central blog. Promoting the broadest possible public access to published research is the core mission of any open access publisher worthy of an author’s time and consideration. If we are to meet the call for “concrete steps to open up research” driven by this year’s Open Access Week, however, we have to support authors, their advocates and institutions in understanding the impact of the research as it occurs. This means providing measures of article usage from the standard citation, downloads … Read More
Earlier this month, I had a great experience at the Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute, where I had the chance–along with a team of brilliant humanities researchers and librarians–to think through what “humane” metrics (HuMetrics) for the humanities and social sciences might look like. What we discussed at this meeting has been a revelation. Though it’s an idea that’s still in its infancy, the concept of HuMetrics is starting to change the way I think about how metrics should be selected and applied in academia. Simply put, I’m starting to see that academia’s been approaching evaluation metrics from the … Read More
This post is authored by Kalmer Lauk, a Bibliometrics Specialist at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Kalmer presented research similar to this post at the 3:AM Conference in late September 2016. To view the related poster, visit []. A few months ago I was walking home from an altmetrics seminar, when I remembered an article in Scientometrics that analyzed publications in the field of dance (Ho et al. 2015). The authors analyzed the distribution of words in article titles to see how the field had changed through the years. I also remembered a similar analysis I did for … Read More
The following post was written by Amy Rees, Customer and Sales Support Specialist at Altmetric. Public outreach is becoming increasingly important for researchers going up for tenure. But how can you document the effects your engagement efforts are having? Altmetrics have been suggested in the past, but is it even possible to shoehorn that kind of newfangled data into a traditional promotion and tenure dossier format? Though not yet well-known, we’re learning that using altmetrics in one’s promotion and tenure dossier is a valuable way to provide hard evidence that online engagement strategies are working to connect researchers with the … Read More
We’re pleased to announce this month’s Altmetric Ambassador of the Month: Cristina Huidiu, co-organizer of the recent successful 3:AM altmetrics conference in Bucharest, Romania. We recently emailed with Cristina to learn her thoughts on advocating for altmetrics in a bibliometrics-focused higher ed environment, highlights from the recent 3:AM altmetrics conference, and her vision for the future of altmetrics. Tell us about your career to date–what have you been working on in recent years, as a librarian interested in altmetrics? As a librarian for the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila Bucharest Library, I focused on helping researchers understand how … Read More