Tuesday, 29 November 2016

eResearch and the Altmetric doughnut

When looking at eResearch records, at the bottom of the page, you may notice a coloured circle with a number in the middle. This appears for papers that have a doi number and that have received attention online via social media sites, news outlets, reference management tools etc.

This is the Altmetric doughnut, and provides an indication of the online attention that a paper is receiving. To the right of the doughnut (not shown here), you can get an idea of where the paper has been mentioned and you can click on the 'View details on Altmetric's website' to see more in-depth information.

The information provided by Altmetric may be useful alongside traditional bibliometrics, and also has the advantage of appearing a lot faster than traditional publishing citations. By keeping an eye on the attention that a paper is receiving, it may also be useful for gauging the impact or potential impact that research has.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

QMU authors: how often are your papers being looked at and downloaded in eResearch?

There are a number of ways that you can find out how people are using or interacting with your published research on eResearch . This post is going to look at the statistics that are available.

From the eResearch homepage, in the left hand menu click on 'Statistics'. this will take you to a page that shows the number of downloads, number of items, and percentages of items that have full text attached, as well as the open access percentage for the whole repository. (Please note that the large downloads spike in August 2016 was probably due to bots masquerading as human users, which were systematically trawling and downloading papers from many UK repositories at that time.)

To dig deeper into the statistics, you can expand the 'most downloaded' and 'top authors' sections, and you can also filter by author, item type, university structure, subject and eprint (record) ID.

To find your own statistics, search for your name either by scrolling through the list, or typing into the text box. You will then be taken to a page that lists your publications and provides information about the number of downloads and hits that your papers have received.  You can dig into this further again by clicking on 'available reports' and selecting from the options there. The 'requests' option is useful for showing you where in the world your papers have been accessed from.

Monday, 25 January 2016

eResearch Altmetric top 10 of 2015

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Altmetrics are metrics and qualitative data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. They can include (but are not limited to) peer reviews on Faculty of 1000, citations on Wikipedia and in public policy documents, discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter.

Using the Altmetric app that is installed in eResearch, the following list details the papers that have received the most online attention during 2015. The list is arranged in chronological order, by date of publication, and contains three open access papers.

If you would like to know more information about this, please contact eresearch@qmu.ac.uk .

1. Hannah, Ricci and Stannard, Rebecca Louise and Minshull, Claire and Artioli, Guilherme Giannini and Harris, Roger Charles and Sale, Craig (March 2015) β-Alanine supplementation enhances human skeletal muscle relaxation speed but not force production capacity. Journal of Applied Physiology, 118 (5). pp. 604-612. ISSN 8750-7587

http://www.altmetric.com/details/3021415 Altmetric score of 48 (as at 20/01/2016)
Details from Altmetric: In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric; Sahred by 74 Twitter users, 5 Facebook pages and 1 Google + user.
2. Witter, Sophie and Wurie, H. and Bertone, M. P. (March 2015) The free health care initiative: how has it affected health workers in Sierra Leone? Health Policy and Planning. ISSN 0268-1080 Open Access paper

http://www.altmetric.com/details/3821005 Altmetric score of 24 (as at 20/01/2016)

Details from Altmetric: In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric; 21 readers have saved this paper on Mendeley (reference manager and pdf organizer); Tweeted by 9 members of the public, 5 health practitioners and 1 scientist

3. Pollock, A and Campbell, P and Baer, Gill and Choo, P-L and Morris, J and Forster, A (April 2015) User involvement in a Cochrane systematic review: using structured methods to enhance the clinical relevance, usefulness and usability of a systematic review update. Systematic Reviews, 4 (1). p. 55. ISSN 2046-4053, ESSN: 2046-4053 Open Access paper

http://www.altmetric.com/details/3934284 Altmetric score of 53 (as at 20/01/2016)

Details from Altmetric: In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric; Tweeted by 49 members of the public, 16 health practitioners, 14 scientists and 3 science communicators (journalists, bloggers, editors); shared on 3 public Facebook pages

4. Littlewood, Chris and Malliaras, Peter and Chance-Larsen, Ken (May 2015) Therapeutic exercise for rotator cuff tendinopathy. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 38 (2). pp. 95-106. ISSN 0342-5282

http://www.altmetric.com/details/3735463 Altmetric score of 65 (as at 20/01/2016)
Details from Altmetric: One of the highest-scoring outputs from this journal (#2 of 119); 109 tweets from 94 users with a potential of reaching 177,283 followers

5. O'Hare, Anne and Bremner, Lynne (July 2015) Management of developmental speech and language disorders: Part 1. Archives of Disease in Childhood. ISSN 0003-9888 (In Press, published online)

http://www.altmetric.com/details/4330398 Altmetric score of 14 (as at 20/01/2016)
Details from Altmetric: Cited by Globe and Mail Canadian newspaper; High score compared to outputs of the same age and source (91st percentile)

6. Della Sala, Sergio and Calia, Clara and De Caro, Maria Fara and McIntosh, Robert D. (August 2015) Transient involuntary mirror writing triggered by anxiety. Neurocase, 21 (5). pp. 665-673. ISSN 1355-4794

http://www.altmetric.com/details/2793473 Altmetric score of 56 (as at 20/01/2016)

Details from Altmetric: Mentioned by Health Medicine Network, Fox News and Yahoo! News outlets; Among the highest-scoring outputs from this journal (#14 of 233); 34 tweets from 29 users with a potential of reaching 220,358 followers

7. Sang, Katherine and Powell, Abigail and Finkel, Rebecca and Richards, James (September 2015) ‘Being an academic is not a 9–5 job’: long working hours and the ‘ideal worker’ in UK academia. Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 25 (3). pp. 235-249. ISSN 1030-1763

http://www.altmetric.com/details/4372581 Altmetric score of 52 (as at 20/01/2016)

Details from Altmetric: Mentioned by 43 Twitter users, including 67 members of the public, 21 scientists and 3 science communicators (journalists, bloggers, editors)

8. Uzondu, C. A. and Doctor, H. V. and Findley, S. E. and Afenyadu, G. Y. and Ager, Alastair (September 2015) Female Health Workers at the Doorstep: A Pilot of Community-Based Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Service Delivery in Northern Nigeria. Global Health: Science and Practice, 3 (1). pp. 97-108. ISSN 2169-575X Open Access paper

http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/4228/  Altmetric score of 39 (as at 20/01/2016)

Details from Altmetric: Mentioned by Health Canal and Voice of America news outlets; 32 tweets from 27 users, potentially reaching up to 158,480 followers

9. Stevenson, David and Selwood, Sara and Bonham-Carter, Charlotte and Dâmaso, Mafalda and Doeser, James (November 2015) Four observations on The Arts (2015) by Jeremy Corbyn. Cultural Trends. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0954-8963 (In press, published online)

http://www.altmetric.com/details/4761223 Altmetric score of 30 (as at 20/01/2016)

Details from Altmetric: Mentioned by 35 Twitter users, including 26 members of the public, 7 scientists and 2 science communicators (journalists, bloggers, editors)

10. Wyness, Laura (December 2015) The role of red meat in the diet: nutrition and health benefits. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. ISSN 0029-6651

http://www.altmetric.com/details/4863351 Altmetric score of 14 (as at 20/01/2016)

Details from Altmetric: Mentions on Twitter, Facebook and Google +. High percentage of Tweeters from USA;  High score compared to outputs of the same age (90th percentile)