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6:AM – Themes and reflections

Published on 15 Jan 2020

In early October, the Altmetric Conference successfully ran for its 6th year in Stirling, Scotland. What an eye-opening few days it was!

Political instability, Lingua Francas, and Engaging the Local Communities - exploring the challenges facing Africa's Scholarly Communications ecosystem

Published on 03 Oct 2019

The Scholarly Communications ecosystem encompasses the production, acquisition, storage and dissemination of information leading to the application of new knowledge to improve the lives of citizens through the provision of goods and services for the global economic system. Whilst technological advancement has sped the dissemination of scientific knowledge through instantly sharing results via social media platforms, thus increasing public scholarship, the digital divide has had far reaching impact for those in the global south.

When it comes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, how are researchers measuring their impact?

Published on 26 Sep 2019

Whether it’s about ending poverty, fighting inequality or stopping climate change, for researchers whose work relates to one of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), reach beyond academia is not just desirable but rather is essential in creating a better future for all.

Doing Research Assessment: Implications for the Future of Social Science

Published on 18 Sep 2019

The role of knowledge and research systems is a growing area of interest in debates about innovation, development and growth in the global South. The study of what social science research systems look like, how social science research works, and how it contributes to national knowledge systems (and ultimately development), however, is only in its infancy, particularly with regards to developing countries.

Metrics beyond Impact: New Approaches for the Novice Researcher

Published on 04 Sep 2019

Over the past year, in my current position as the Research Impact Librarian at Virginia Tech, much of my position has focused on the more traditional uses of research impact indicators in research evaluation and benchmarking. For the past four years, I have focused my research on how librarians, faculty, and researchers use and perceive research impact indicators. In addition, in my previous position at Kansas State University, I sometimes tracked research impact indicators, such as altmetrics, for publications authored by K-State researchers. I was always surprised and delighted when I found mainstream news media attention to these publications.

Altmetrics for Journal Publishers: Practical tips for demonstrating impact and engaging with Open Research

Published on 22 Aug 2019

Last year I wrote a post for Altmetric entitled ‘Using Altmetric for reporting and strategizing for journal publishers. Here I want to move on from this and talk about how altmetrics can help engage with two growing areas of importance for my journals; demonstrating impact and engaging with Open Research.

Looking ahead to 6:AM

Published on 15 Aug 2019

6:AM is fast approaching and we are delighted to have such a strong range of speakers lined up. We hope that those who are able to join us in Stirling will enjoy not only the range of presentations, but also the extent to which we hope to be able to touch on some of the emerging and global issues that altmetrics, and the research community as a whole, are facing.

The Politics of Altmetrics

Published on 05 Oct 2018

This session covered some of the challenges of adopting and utilising altmetrics, including the ethical challenges associated with these metrics, responsible use of metrics, and the governance of metrics. Three speakers took to the stage to share some of their research on the topic.

Annotations: The Next Altmetric?

Published on 29 Sep 2018

For all the talk of Wikipedia, Twitter, Policy and Facebook that we’ve heard over the last few days, there are still many yet-untracked sources of online engagement that create excitement amongst the altmetrics crowd - and annotations are near (if not top) of the list! With this in mind we were excited to see what the Thursday afternoon session on Annotation in Researcher and Publishing workflows.

Altmetrics Experiences From the Front Line: Publisher and Institutional Use Cases

Published on 29 Sep 2018

One of the most insightful presentations during the 5:AM conference this year was the ‘Using altmetrics: Experiences from the front line’ panel session which focused on how institutions and publishers are employing the data in their day to day workflows to achieve their targets. The panel was chaired by Martijn Roelandse, Head of Publishing Innovation at Springer Nature, with presentations from Paul Naish, Publisher at Taylor & Francis and Dr. Juan Gorraiz from the Department of Bibliometrics at the University of Vienna.

Research Roundup: A Look at Studies into Altmetrics

Published on 29 Sep 2018

Research Roundup: A Look at Studies into Altmetrics On the second afternoon of the conference, 5:AM was treated to a series of presentations from researchers using altmetrics to explore how and why research is communicated online. Each presented their work and gave a great insight into how you can use the data:

Developing Meaningful Metrics - Day 2 of 5AM

Published on 28 Sep 2018

The second day of 5AM kicked off with a session on Developing Meaningful Metrics moderated by Hans Zijlstra (Elsevier). The three presenters offered unique perspectives on how our community can encourage the development of more meaningful metrics and what potential insights can be uncovered to help inform better tools and services.

Driving User Engagement - 5:AM break out session

Published on 27 Sep 2018

In the afternoon of the first day of the Altmetrics conference, Hans Zijlstra from Elsevier chaired a session about driving user engagement. He introduced the speakers as four leading women and of course invited the audience to be as engaged as possible, in the spirit of the topic of the session.

Tech Focus - 5:AM break out session

Published on 27 Sep 2018

Our second session this afternoon, “Tech Focus” was chaired by Martijn Roelandse from Springer Nature. The session allowed three different speakers to talk about technical aspects of their projects.

Metrics, Funding and The REF: 5:AM Panel Session

Published on 27 Sep 2018

With the use of metrics in the research evaluation process being a hot topic at this year’s 5:AM conference, it’s interesting to hear how Funders approach the use of traditional and altmetrics when evaluating projects. The panel was chaired by Cat Williams, COO of Altmetric

New thinking in altmetrics

Published on 27 Sep 2018

The third session of the day moved on to a different perspective: ‘New thinking in altmetrics’. Chaired by Andrea Michalek from Plum Analytics, the line up included talks on data, metrics for research evaluation, and altmetrics and open access impact.

Blog: From Numbers to Narratives: An Everyday Tale of Impactful Folk

Published on 27 Sep 2018

The first major session after the 5AM keynote featured three incisive talks about how narratives can be formed around the impact data we see in the altmetrics space. What stories can be told? Can these data help to inform the questions which research asks? Can causal links be drawn between online social and sharing activity and the ultimate concrete impact in citations, patents, policy and so on? And how can these data be easily visualised to tell the stories of impact for a researcher?

5:AM keynote: What’s wrong with Science journalism, and how can we fix it?

Published on 26 Sep 2018

The first morning of the 5:AM Altmetrics Conference and the sun was shining in London! After a warm welcome from Jane Winters, Professor of Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study (who were kindly hosting the event at the beautiful Senate House), it was on to keynote speaker Jop de Vrieze to set the scene for the day.

The Journal of Altmetrics

Published on 06 Sep 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of The Journal of Altmetrics. The journal, which will be dedicated to research articles on or using altmetrics data, marks the transformation of the field.

5 Years of Altmetrics

Published on 06 Sep 2018

How has Altmetrics changed and what we have in store for 5:AM.

Media Attention for Your Research

Published on 05 Sep 2018

Media Attention for Your Research: How To Maximise It

Evaluating Societal Impact of Research

Published on 29 Aug 2018

Evaluating Societal Impact of Research

Glossing Over the Truth

Published on 28 Aug 2018

Glossing over the truth: hidden clinical trial data

Fake Science and Political Online Attention

Published on 21 Aug 2018

Fake Science and political online attention: qualitative research about Bolsa Família Program using altmetrics