Thursday, 26 May 2016

New guides for researchers – Altmetric


New guides for researchers

Cat Williams, 25th May 2016

We get asked a lot how researchers can best make
use of altmetrics and the data we provide. Our thinking around this
splits the potential use cases into 3 main categories:

  • Reputation management: because Altmetric tracks attention sources
    in real time to provide a collated record of the mentions and shares of
    your research as soon as it’s published, it’s much easier to see who is saying what about it.
    This gives you the opportunity to step in early to engage or clarify
    details of your research where necessary and helps ensure your findings
    are being communicated and interpreted correctly.
  • Showcasing reach and influence: if you’re looking
    for ways to better demonstrate the reach and influence of your work or
    engagement beyond just academic audiences, altmetrics can be really
    useful. You might like to consider including examples of where your
    publications have been covered in the media, discussed amongst different
    communities, or have achieved international reach in things like your
    CV, funding applications or annual reviews. You could also use the
    altmetrics data as part of the discussion of the aims and outcomes of
    your research with your line or program manager – a great way to start
    getting and analysing some feedback if your research has only recently
    been published and does not yet have any formal academic citations.
  • Discovery: Altmetric has tracked attention to about
    5 million outputs to date. That’s a mixture of journal articles, books,
    datasets, images, reports, and thousands of other research items that
    have received mentions or shares in the sources we track. Altmetric badges can now be found on the abstract pages of over 6,000 journals, and tools such as the free Bookmarklet and Explorer for Institutions
    can be used to gather context for new publications in your field –
    making it easy to see what’s trending and why it’s popular. Some
    researchers have even found new collaborators by checking the Altmetric details page for their work to see who is discussing it!
To support researchers in understanding and making use of altmetrics
we’ve created some brand new guides that we hope will be useful:

Using altmetrics in your NIH Biosketch

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 10.39.41Showcasing
the value of your previous work to funders is becoming increasingly
important. They want to see what the broader impacts of your research
are, how you’ve engaged with different audiences, and to gather as much
context as possible in relation to the grant you are applying for.

Making use of Altmetric (and other altmetrics) tools and selecting
highlights to include in your personal summary can really help support
your case.

Download this guide
to find out more about why these kind of insights are likely to be of
interest to your funder, how to find the data and some examples of what
including it might look like.


Tips and tricks for promoting your research

At Altmetric we assign each research output we find online attention for an ‘Altmetric score‘.
This score is a weighted count of the online attention an item has
received and is intended to reflect the reach of that engagement (the
higher the score the bigger the reach and volume of attention). We know
that researchers are always keen to make their score as high as
possible, and whilst that in itself should never be the end goal, it’s
great if you want to get out there and make your research more visible
to audiences who might have an interest in it.

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 10.36.41This
doesn’t need to be big; it can be as simple as making sure your
department is aware that you’ve published the work, including a link to
it in your social media profile or email signature, or making sure you
share it online when presenting at conferences.

We’ve created this guide
that offers some top tips for making your research more discoverable –
take a look and see which of the techniques would be most suitable for
attracting the audiences you want to reach, and what you might be able
to easily integrate into your existing workflows.


A researcher guide to getting started with Altmetric Explorer for Institutions

Many institutions all around the world are now using the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions
platform to monitor and report on the online attention surrounding
their research outputs at the author, department and institutional
level. For researchers, this is an opportunity to get to grips with a
lot of altmetrics! The database contains not only Altmetric data for
your institution’s publications, but also the millions of other research
outputs Altmetric have tracked attention to – making it possible to
compare and contrast the attention your research is receiving with that
of your peers from other organisations, identify trends, and discover
interesting new content to read.

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 11.18.46Our new getting started guide
covers the basics: an overview of what the score and Altmetric donut
show; how to find out what attention your research is receiving;
registering to export data and set up email alerts to be notified of new
mentions; pulling out interesting mentions or coverage of your work for
your CV, annual review or funding application; and how to use the
platform to find recent publications in your field that are attracting
attention from a broader audience.


We hope you find these guides useful – let us know what you think and feel free to send us suggestions (via email, Twitter, or in the comments below) for others that would be good to have!

New guides for researchers – Altmetric

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