Despite many journals now requiring an author contributions statement, the relative involvement of each co-author in a publication is not quantifiable. Researchers calling for a quantitative approach have proposed a … Continue Reading Quantifying author contribution in scientific publications
Researchers are increasingly expected to demonstrate the “scholarly impact” of their work, for career progression or for approval by funding bodies. As such, they may refer to Altmetric scores … Continue Reading Keep an open mind when assessing online research metrics
Is self-citation getting out of control and do we need to keep a closer eye on it? A recent article suggests that it might be time for the creation of … Continue Reading Do we need to keep an eye on self-citation?
Ben McLeish of Altmetric explains how this data science company is dedicated to tracking and analyzing the online activity around scholarly research outputs, and how you can use their tools … Continue Reading [VIDEO] Altmetric data, services, and platform: An overview
José Luis Ortega, a web researcher from the Cybermetrics Lab at the Spanish National Research Council, recently investigated whether author participation on Twitter influences the volume of tweets about, and … Continue Reading To tweet or not to tweet? Does author Twitter presence influence article citation?
Over two days last month (17-18 January, 2017), around 250 delegates and exhibitors attended the 2017 European meeting of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) in London. The … Continue Reading Meeting report: Summary of Day 2 of the 2017 European #ISMPP Meeting
Earlier this month, the publisher Elsevier launched a new journal metric, the CiteScore index, to assess the quality of academic journals. CiteScore is essentially the average citations per document that … Continue Reading CiteScore: A new rival for the Journal Impact Factor
Many researchers now use social media, particularly Twitter, to promote their publications and to keep up to date with the latest developments. This has fuelled interest in alternatives to citation … Continue Reading Twitter activity predicts citation rates
Since 2013, PLOS One, the first of the open access mega-journals, has published roughly 30,000 articles per year. However, in September its monthly publication tally was overtaken for the first … Continue Reading Scientific Reports overtakes PLOS One as largest academic journal
As open access (OA) articles are freely available, the potential readership and impact is much greater than for articles where access to the full-text is limited to subscribers only. But … Continue Reading Does the ‘Open Access Citation Advantage’ exist?
Journal impact factors (JIFs) are a topic often found at the centre of debate within the scientific community. Designed as a measure of the quality of a journal as a … Continue Reading Is the tide turning against journal impact factors?
This is the question that has been asked by a group of scientists from the eScience Institute at the University of Washington, led by Bill Howe. The group set out … Continue Reading Are papers with figures more widely read, and therefore more influential?
Christian Gumpenberger, Wolfgang Glanzel and Juan Gorraiz have recently published an article looking at the rapid rise of the altmetric phenomenon, and highlighting their concerns regarding the general acceptance of … Continue Reading Concerns raised about the interpretation of altmetric scores
Last week, Altmetric and MedComms Networking hosted a day-long seminar in London to discuss the use of alternative metrics for tracking engagement with industry-sponsored publications. The day kicked off with … Continue Reading Summary of Altmetric seminar: “Research with results: Tracking engagement for medcomms and pharma”
A free 1 day workshop will be held in London on the 19th April dedicated to introducing pharmaceutical staff and the wider medical community to alternative metrics and Altmetric. The meeting will explore the opportunities these … Continue Reading Free meeting: Research with Results – tracking engagement for medcomms and pharma
On February 29th 2016, the 15th Annual International Publication Planning Association (TIPPA) meeting convened in San Diego, CA for two days to discuss the evolving challenges impacting on the publications community. The … Continue Reading Meeting report: Summary of Day 1 of the 2016 TIPPA Meeting