Altmetric in the News

7 July 2016 – London, UK, and Cambridge, U.S.A — Altmetric today announces that support for Altmetric badges, which provide an at-a-glance summary of the amount and type of attention an individual research output has received online, is now built into faculty profile pages powered by Profiles Research Networking Software (Profiles RNS).

First to embed the badges in their faculty pages is the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). “UCSF Profiles has included Altmetric badges for over a year and we’ve received great feedback,” says Anirvan Chatterjee, Director of Data Strategy at UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. “Altmetric badges are an important tool to help us highlight some of our researchers’ interesting new work. We look forward to seeing this integration deployed widely across Profiles RNS sites.”

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Profiles RNS is an NIH-funded open source tool to speed the process of finding researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration and professional networking, and makes it easy for institutions to create and maintain a complete searchable library of web-based electronic CVs.

The addition of the Altmetric badges means that users will be able to easily access real-time attention insights for individual research outputs listed on a researcher’s profile page.

Attention data is collated from a range of online sources including public policy documents, mainstream media, Wikipedia, social networks, blogs, and academic forums such as Mendeley and post-publication peer-review platforms to provide a more comprehensive picture of the online reach and influence of the research.

Altmetric Founder Euan Adie adds, “We are really pleased to see the wider integration of our badges into Profiles RNS. Understanding the bigger conversation surrounding an individual research publication is an important part of interpreting the literature, and making that data easily accessible and transparent to academics is at the core of the services Altmetric provides.”


About University of California, San Francisco

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. UCSF Profiles is managed by the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, part of the Clinical and Translational Science Award program funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (Grant Number UL1 TR000004) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Follow CTSI at UCSF @CTSIatUCSF.

About Altmetric

Altmetric was founded in 2011. Its mission is to track and analyze the online activity around scholarly literature. Altmetric is the trusted altmetrics provider for some of the world’s biggest publishers, funders and institutions, delivering real-time attention data in an accessible and reliable format. Altmetric is supported by Digital Science, which is operated by the global media company Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Follow us on Twitter @altmetric.