Thing 19: Altmetrics

I installed the Altmetric bookmarklet in my browser. As I don’t work in research I was a bit stumped as to which paper I should analyse, in the end I decided to look at one from back when I was studying for my PhD (Differences in cue use and spatial ability in men and women). Even though the paper is 10 years old, I was surprised to find it has been mentioned in five tweets and one Wikipedia page, which gives it an attention score in the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.

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Altmetrics for my chosen article

And now it’s mentioned in one blog as well, which makes me think that Altmetrics must be quite easy for the author to influence. However, I can see that they are an interesting addition to traditional impact factors like counting citations in peer-reviewed articles. I especially like that it links to the citations so you can quickly find out who has written about the article and in what context.

One thought on “Thing 19: Altmetrics

  1. I laughed when I read the bit about the author influencing the Altmetrics. I recently had something published, and was delighted to use the Altmetric button and discover that 1 person had tweeted a link to it. I subsequently retweeted that tweet, and of course it went up by one!

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