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Editor’s Note:  Today’s post is from Sara Rouhi. Sara manages business development for Altmetric in the US and Canada. She is an active member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Education Committee and the 2015 recipient of their SSP Emerging Leader Award. We’re cross-posting today with the Scholarly Kitchen blog. This past week, three distinct moments came together for me prompting me to write this blog post: a peer review conference, a debate on the journal impact factor (JIF), and an art exhibit. I’m just coming back the 8th International Peer … Read More
In our latest case study, we report on how the University of Surrey are using Altmetric tools and data to underpin their five-year research strategic plan. We spoke to Dr. Abigail McBirnie, Bibliometrics Advisor at the University, about how the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions is helping them achieve their challenging targets. Abigail and teams across the institution are using the platform and data in a variety of ways, including: Engagement – The bibliometrics service within the Library of the University use the Altmetric Explorer to provide qualitative data that is used alongside quantitative, citation based, data to provide a … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for August! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. Apart from being the start of a devastating hurricane season in the United States, the month of August 2017 was all about human health in media coverage of scientific papers.   Beautiful carbs. Photo by Brisbane Falling, Flickr.com Paper #1. Fats before Carbs Our first High Five paper is “Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE),” published in … Read More
Neuroscientist, Professor and TV host, Dr. Heather Berlin is one of the most prolific and well-known science communicators today. As well as presenting Science goes to the movies and Superhuman showdown, Dr. Berlin has appeared in various other shows including Bill Nye: Science Guy, Star Talk Radio Show and given two TEDx Talks. Last week we interviewed Dr. Berlin in the latest #Altmetchat to ask her about how she got into … Read More
Elaine Lasda is the Associate Librarian at the University at Albany and has been a valued member of the Ambassador Program since 2015. In that time, she has done an amazing job incorporating the teaching of altmetrics into her regular presentations and training sessions with staff. For this Ambassador Spotlight we spoke to Elaine about her role, how she integrates altmetrics in her everyday workflows, her advice to researchers on getting started with the data and her plans for promoting altmetrics over the next 12 months.   Hi, Elaine! Could you tell us a bit about your role and what you’re … Read More
The following blog post was written by Terry Bucknell, Sales Director at Digital Science.  Last month, Euan introduced Altmetric’s new ‘export mentions’ feature, and showed some examples of how pivot tables in Excel can be used to analyse the data that you export. Euan said that this new feature isn’t designed to help analyse massive datasets, but it does allow you to download up to 1 million mentions at a time. I don’t know your definition of massive, but that’s pretty big in my book. As the Altmetric support team will … Read More
An idea first developed in 2010, altmetrics have now been widely adopted by publishers, and are increasingly used by institutions and funders to track and report on the immediate engagement and potential broader impacts of the research that they support. In terms of understanding where a research output (such as a journal article, book, dataset, or other form of publication) has achieved reach and influence, altmetrics make up one part of a much bigger picture — a picture that also includes other qualitative (expert opinion, for example) and quantitative indicators (more traditional bibliometrics, usage counts, … Read More
Back in September 2016 we announced that we’d added Open Syllabus Project data to the Altmetric Explorer and details pages. The integration means that users can now see where individual book titles have been included in University reading lists from institutions around the world. The Open Syllabus data has helped us discover some amazing facts: would you have imagined, for example, that the most featured book (included in a grand total of 3,879 syllabi from 485 institutions) is ‘ … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for July! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. The theme for this month’s papers is Good News, Bad News, and Wow News. As we’ve seen before, many of the most popular scientific papers published in July revolve around human (and environmental) health.   Eadweard Muybridge – Provided directly by Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Paper #1. Living (microbial) Computers Could our future computers be living, literally made out of living cells? Our first High Five paper … Read More
How do you choose where to publish your research? Are there a set handful of journals that are seen as ‘the best’ in your discipline? Has your supervisor pointed you to one that they typically refer to? These approaches are good, but they might miss journals that are relatively new or better suited for your work than your supervisor realises. In this post we’ll explore a slightly different approach, which will offer some tips for making a more informed decision to help you ensure you achieve the outcomes you’re after. Image Credit: flickr, University of … Read More