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Ambassador of the month for September is Andy Tattersall! Andy is an Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. He writes and gives talks on altmetrics as well as digital academia, learning technology, scholarly communications, open research, web tools and social media. In particular, Andy’s expertise lies in these topics’ application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and collaboration. Andy is a member of The University of Sheffield’s Teaching Senate and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He  is also Secretary for … 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 theme is solved (maybe) mysteries.   Greenland Shark. Image credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program Paper #1. Meet the Greenland Shark, The longest-lived Vertebrate Our first High Five paper this month is “Eye lens radiocarbon reveals centuries of longevity in the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus),” a report published in Science magazine. The paper provides evidence, through radiocarbon dating of eye tissue, that the Greenland shark … Read More
This post is contributed by Mike Taylor, and was originally posted on the Digital Science blog.  It’s been a great personal pleasure for me to have worked on the last two sell-out Altmetrics Conferences in London and Amsterdam. Thankfully, in my new role at Digital Science, my relationship with the conference continues! At 2:AM last year, the organizers heard from many people desperate to host this year’s conference, and we’re delighted that 3:AM will be heading to South-East Europe in September. This year, the conference organizers will be making the short flight from London to Romania, where we’ll be … Read More
The field of altmetrics is fast-changing, with new research coming out weekly that gives us new insights as to altmetrics’ many meanings, interpretations, and uses. Plus, altmetrics themselves are ever-changing: new data sources are constantly appearing and often being deprecated across the major altmetrics services. Keeping up with all these changes can be a bit of a bear. We’ve compiled a list of resources (social media streams, conferences, journals, and researchers) that can help! These resources are current as of August 2016. Journals to read High-quality altmetrics research is often published in the following journals: Journal of the Association … Read More
The following post was written by Amy Rees, Customer and Sales Support Specialist at Altmetric, and was originally published on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s blog on the 10th August 2016. Altmetric tracks the non-traditional attention associated with scholarly outputs. Altmetric’s coverage includes references from public policy documents, mentions on blogs, social networks and in the mainstream media, and references from Wikipedia. In this blog post we discuss the articles published in Health Policy and Planning with the highest Altmetric Attention Scores in 2015 and 2016. The attention score is a weighted count of all … Read More
Do you use VIVO as your profiles system? The awesome team over at Symplectic have just released an upgrade which means you can now easily showcase all of the attention surrounding your researchers’ publications! An open source semantic web application, VIVO was developed to be implemented at the institutional level to aid researcher profiling, collaboration and discovery. The new Bootstrapped VIVO theme, which brings responsive design to public profiles, includes some exciting new integrations: Altmetric ‘Donut’ … Read More
I’m proud to share a new altmetrics educational website: What Are Altmetrics? The best part? You can reuse, remix, or otherwise repurpose the entire site to build your own altmetrics presentations, Libguides, and more. We’ve made it available under a CC-BY license, so it’s super easy for you to adapt! Speaking of CC-BY, the What Are Altmetrics? guide to “all things altmetrics” builds upon the popular altmetrics Libguides I developed while at Impactstory, updating the existing resources and adding a whole lot more. What Are Altmetrics? includes: An updated list of examples of how researchers, librarians, publishers, … Read More
According to a recent survey, 74% of academic librarians in the US have regular collection development responsibilities. Altmetrics are just one of many types of data that they use to make decisions regarding purchasing and deselection. In this post, we’ll discuss the relative merits of each type of metric, paying special attention to altmetrics and their applicability to the selection of journals and books. Traditional approaches to using metrics for collection development The same survey referenced above found that usage statistics are the most often used metric consulted when making collection development decisions, followed by the journal impact … Read More
You’re a scholarly communication librarian. Your job is to support researchers at your institution to successfully navigate the scholarly ecosystem of open access, research data management, digital publishing, research impact and metrics, copyright — and probably lots more. How do you make sure you are offering useful and tangible altmetrics support within your suite of scholarly communication services? This post focuses on examples and ideas for altmetrics services run by scholarly communication teams in academic libraries. We’ll cover the special role for Scholarly Communication Librarians in promoting altmetrics, specifically: embedding altmetrics services … 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 theme is Health all the way, from keys to human health found in noses and ancient bones, to bad news about bulldog health. Credit: Matt Madd, Paper #1. Is sitting all day bad for your health if you exercise after work? Our first High Five paper is “Does physical activity attenuate, or even eliminate, the detrimental association of sitting time with mortality?” The study … Read More