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Here at Altmetric, we speak to a lot of publishers, and whilst they each have their own particular use case, there are two questions that often come up: What do authors think of the data Altmetric provides? How can we help get more attention for our content? In this blog post I’m going to look at a few recent surveys, studies and examples that go some way to addressing these questions.   What do authors think of the data Altmetric provides? The answer to this question seems to evolve … Read More
This year’s 3:AM was held in Bucharest, where the sun still beamed warmly with complete disregard that we were in the depths of September. The conference was two days where we heard many people present give their progress reports, research findings, and hopes and dreams for altmetrics. Here are some of the big topics from the week. What is the take-up of Altmetrics? There were a number of surveys asking people this, and whilst many of the responses to surveys were in low numbers, they’re beginning to show some useful insights. Dan Penny … 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 study objects that span from tiny brain plaques, to the oldest known microbes, to the world’s tallest mammal. It’s a month of extremes, in both objects of scientific discovery as well as occasionally science news headlines.     Histopathologic image of senile plaques seen in the cerebral cortex of a person with Alzheimer’s disease of presenile onset. Image credit: KGH/Wikipedia Paper #1. Cautious Hope … Read More
Ever wonder how you, as a librarian, can use altmetrics in your day-to-day work? I, along with my colleagues (and fellow librarians) Natalia Madjarevic and Amy Rees, certainly have! While there’s no shortage of excellent altmetrics primers for librarians in existence, we saw a need for a resource to help librarians who want to apply altmetrics in their own work. This ebook provides the “nuts and bolts” needed to use altmetrics in a variety of library-land scenarios, including: Making collection development decisions Managing institutional repositories Helping faculty assemble evidence for their tenure & promotion packets Teaching workshops … Read More
The following post was written by Sara Rouhi, Director of Business Development (NA): As someone who spends a lot of time talking to customers using Altmetric data, I hear the following piece of feedback frequently: I feel like I’m just scratching the surface of this data. I know there’s more I can do with it but I don’t know how to start. It’s true! The terrabytes of data that Altmetric collects in real time — mentions across 16 different source channels, captured in 20+ languages, 24/7/365 — are grains of sand mixed … Read More
Altmetric recently partnered with the Open Syllabus Project in order to track mentions of books in syllabi. In this post, I’d like to share some of the scientometrics research that inspired our decision. As far back as 1998, scientometricians have recognized the value of mining online course syllabi for references to research: “[References to research in syllabi] could, over time, provide a useful metric by which to gauge the extent to which a given professor’s (or research group’s) work…has diffused into the classroom. Syllabus-related mentions could, in theory, provide a useful complementary measure alongside, [among other … Read More
A new advancement in altmetrics  Altmetric celebrated its 5th birthday this month. Looking back, it’s exciting to see what we’ve accomplished as members of the wider scholarly community. Thanks to the passionate advocacy of our early adopters, a growing number of publishers, universities, and other organisations now actively incorporate our altmetrics data into their reporting of non-traditional impacts. And now, we have a new milestone that we’re extremely proud to tell you about. Two years after the original Altmetric Explorer for Institutions (EFI) was first released, this week we are unveiling the new and improved EFI version … Read More
The following post was written by Ben McLeish, Product Sales Manager at Altmetric.  One of the greatest challenges facing our customers is the greater understanding of how research impacts policy guidelines authored by the world’s leading advisory and Non Governmental Organisations and similar institutions, and, in a second step, the understanding of how such guidelines, once implemented, can be tied to real-world effects much further down the line. Whole organisations are dedicated to answering this question, and so I wanted to give an example of how the difficult connection between your research and practical implications of implementing guidelines can … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric Agony Aunt special! In each of these posts I’ll be tackling some of the frequently asked questions we receive from different audiences on how they can get started with altmetrics and make best use of our data. Our first installment provides some handy tips for anyone in a research communications role within an institution: Dear Josh, I’m a Research Communications Officer at my institution and my boss has told me that I’m in charge of finding and reporting on the altmetrics for our research – help! I’m not sure … Read More
Millions of dollars per year are poured into building digital library technology: digitizing content and creating the open source infrastructure that supports countless researchers. But surprisingly, not much is known about how digital library collections are actually being used! Here, I’ve shared some expert recommendations for the best quantitative and qualitative data to collect in your digital library assessment efforts, as well as tools you can use to streamline data collection. Altmetrics services are obviously an important part of your assessment toolkit, and this post describes both altmetrics services and DIY approaches you can use to collect this genre of … Read More