Altmetric Annual Research Grant
At Altmetric, we’re keen to see our data and tools used to make discoveries and advances in the field that we work in. To that end, we now offer an annual research grant of up to £1,500 ($1,900 USD) to go towards a project in the field of altmetrics or research metrics more generally.
In doing so, we aim to provide the opportunity for researchers or others in the scholarly space to do some really interesting work in developing the way we understand altmetrics and how they can be applied.
Applications for the grant open each spring, will all submissions reviewed by our expert panel.
Results from the awarded projects are made openly available. You can read all about and access results from the 2016 project (a proof-of-concept study into the patterns of online attention received by journal articles that are incorporated into policy documents) here.
Dr Evan Goldstein, Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Geological Sciences at the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was awarded the 2017 Altmetric Research Grant in May 2017 for his project titled, “How do scholarly citations in Wikipedia appear?”.
Dr Goldstein’s project will explore the questions of ‘how’, ‘when’ and ‘why’ scholarly mentions appear on Wikipedia, with the aim of determining what proportion of Wikipedia mentions for a single journal are author-generated.
Speaking about the grant, Dr Goldstein said, “Wikipedia is one of the largest websites in terms of global web traffic, and represents a massive opportunity for researchers to provide long lasting outreach and engagement with non-academic audiences. Support from Altmetric will allow my research into this valuable tool to reach a broad audience via open access publication.“
Work is currently ongoing – please check the Altmetric blog for updates as the project progresses.