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The Altmetric team’s diary is already full of exciting conferences, events and workshops across the globe where we’ll be talking to our users and spreading the word about our latest product developments, partnerships and integrations. If you’re planning to attend any of the following events please don’t hesitate to chat to one of our team and ask them about the projects we’re working on. Here’s where we’ll be this year: Academic Publishing in Europe,14th-16th January, Berlin, Germany Kathy Christian will be attending the Academic Publishing in Europe conference in Berlin from the 14th – 16th January.  Sara … Read More
Our colourful Altmetric donuts have received a lot of love over the years – whether it’s people sharing them on Twitter, liking them on instagram or showcasing them on their websites. We’ve been working hard on going beyond just visualizations though and we’re now delighted to announce that the next generation of donut is here! We call it the “Scratch and Sniff”. The donuts have the same distinctive look and feel as the original Altmetric graphic, but on most modern screens they now come with an extra level of goodness. When an item of research is … Read More
In May last year we announced that Dr Evan Goldstein  Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Geological Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was the winner of this year’s Altmetric Research Grant. We recently asked Evan to write us a summary of the progress he’s made with his project so far for our blog and he was happy to oblige…   Time flies. Almost a year ago I set out to investigate questions related to ‘how’, ‘when’ and ‘why’ scholarly mentions in Wikipedia using a > 33,000 article corpus from the high impact, high volume (>1000 … Read More
The following guest post was written by Heidi Becker, Digital Solutions Specialist for Altmetric and Dimensions at Digital Science. One day in a staff meeting, I listened to a fascinating presentation on a research project the foundation I was working for had funded. After the presentation was over, it was time for questions. One of the very first questions, from the back of the room, was “This is great – has anyone picked it up? Is anyone talking about it?” I practically leapt from my seat. You see, three years prior to this question being asked, it … Read More
Welcome to the February High Five! We’re departing from our regular format of analyzing of the top five most mentioned papers from the past month. From now on, each month we’ll examine the papers that have received the most attention from a particular attention source type – whether it’s blogs, policy documents, Twitter, Wikipedia, or something else! This month we’ll be focusing on the papers published in February that we’ve tracked the most attention for in global news outlets. #1: The earliest art scene was created by Neanderthals Image credit: … Read More
On February 8th we hosted a webinar on how Altmetric data and tools can be used to successfully action and track institutional research communication strategies. Our guest speakers were Oliver Renn and Joachim Schnabl from the Chemistry and Applied Biosciences department of ETH Zurich, who told us about how they’ve been using Altmetric tools and data for their institutional outreach efforts. “We wanted researchers to easily see who is attracted by their research” Oliver and Joachim explained how they’ve used theAltmetric API … Read More
The following guest post was written by Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. Communicating your science with different audiences is a vital part of academic research. As well as being a requirement for most doctoral training programmes and grant applications, it is also an altruistic responsibility of scientists to ensure that the wider society is aware of the research that is being conducted and how it might impact on them and their communities. However, science communication is a vast landscape and knowing where to start and how to be effective can be quite daunting. As such, I … Read More