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Academic Social Club


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A presentation given as part of the MmIT AGM and talks on social media in library and information services. Presented at CILIP on 6th January 2015.

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Academic Social Club

  1. 1. Andy Tattersall @andy_tattersall
  2. 2. Talk overview What are Altmetrics Who is behind Altmetrics How you can get involved with using them
  3. 3. Do you use any of these?
  4. 4. And these?
  5. 5. Do you recognise these?
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  7. 7. Academia is changing forever MOOCs Open Access Impact Big Data Altmetrics
  8. 8. The dissemination and communication of research is changing Presentations and seminars Funding and ethics applications Academic books Journal articles and posters Term papers and essays Meetings and conferences Correspondence Open access Supplementary data Online reference managers Press Post-publication peer-review Social media Blogs
  9. 9. Traditional metrics struggle to reflect this - Slow to accrue - Focus mostly on published articles Published June 2014: Starting to impact the behaviour of academics
  10. 10. Development of altmetrics (alternative indicators) ● to complement, not replace traditional metrics ● help people understand how research is being received and used, and by who ● not intended as an indicator of quality ● can help provide further evidence of engagement and ‘societal impact’ ● give credit for research outputs other than articles
  11. 11. So, what are they?
  12. 12. And who provides them?
  13. 13. What Altmetrics look at
  14. 14. Policy documents ● AWMF - Association of Scientific Medical Societies ● European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ● Food and Agriculture Organization ● GOV.UK - Policy papers, Research & Analysis ● Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ● International Monetary Fund (IMF) ● Mental Health Foundation (UK) - NEW ● NICE Evidence ● UNESCO ● World Health Organization (WHO) More being added each week…
  15. 15. Digging in to the data
  16. 16. Demographics Twitter data from bio’s Mendeley data based on who has saved the article to their library - anonymised
  17. 17. The Altmetric score and donut ● developed to give an at-a-glance summary of the attention work has received ● not an indicator of quality of the research! ● useful when looking at data for lots of articles at once
  18. 18. Context
  19. 19. Publisher uses
  20. 20. And funders...
  21. 21. Librarian access ● Free Altmetric Explorer accounts ● Search for data on any article, from any publisher ● Share with researchers or admins
  22. 22. Altmetric for Institutions
  23. 23. Explore your institution
  24. 24. Reporting - save search filters - set up automated email alerts - export to excel, or reports on individual articles - API output - set up direct links into other systems
  25. 25. Who can use the data?
  26. 26. Institutional repositories - free donut badge embeds - just 2 lines of code: - helps encourage deposits - collates attention from all versions
  27. 27. Researchers
  28. 28. Details pages alerts
  29. 29. Impact Story
  30. 30. Kudos
  31. 31. Metrics Categories USAGE (clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays) CAPTURES (bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers) MENTIONS (blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links) SOCIAL MEDIA (+1s, likes, shares, tweets) CITATIONS (PubMed Central, Scopus, patents)
  32. 32. Concerns about gaming and misinterpretation ● All of’s data is auditable ● They don’t show things like Facebook likes ● Systems in place to flag up suspect activity
  33. 33. The research process Have an idea Search for research Filter and review the research Publish and disseminate the research Measure and discuss the research
  34. 34. The research process and you Have an idea Search for research Filter and review the research Publish and disseminate the research Measure and discuss the research LIS Professionals host, catalogue and search published research LIS Professionals carry out systematic and literature reviews from search results LIS Professionals experts in publishing and communication. OA, Social Media, blogging LIS Professionals experts in measurement, bibliometrics, work in neutral role
  35. 35. Appraising Impartial Flexible Helpful Networked Centrally based Where the LIS professional fits in
  36. 36. ''All mankind is divided into three classes: Those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move''. Benjamin Franklin
  37. 37. Getting academics to the waterhole Images CC BY Whatleydude Kyknoord
  38. 38. #Understand Image CC BY Glen Edelson ● Their way of working - long periods doing the same thing ● Their concerns Pressure to publish research ● Their fears May not be used to Social Media or technology for that matter ● How busy they are ● What they can get out of Altmetrics and what you can do to help them
  39. 39. #Demystify Image CC BY Sarah ● Explain that Altmetrics are not about Justin Bieber’s Tweets to his Beliebers ● That using tools like Altmetrics, Mendeley, Twitter and ImpactStory will show them where their research is reaching globally ● Help build case studies to show what is out there ● Show junior researchers and students that their research and profile will benefit
  40. 40. #Train Image CC BY Sarah Image CC BY Michael Young ● Bite size sessions ● Workshops ● Video tutorials ● Webinars ● Hangouts
  41. 41. #Champion ● Look to see who on your campus uses technology and social media ● Take them for a coffee ● Get them to present a session on how they use it Image CC BY edwin.11
  42. 42. #Network ● Seek out natural allies Impact and research support, open access advocates, MOOCsters, library and information professionals, technicians, learning technologists, communications and marketing Image CC BY Bruno Girin
  43. 43. #Practice
  44. 44. New era for peer review?
  45. 45. (Last Accessed 14/10/2014)
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  48. 48. Thank you @andy_tattersall Thanks to @catherinelucy at for use of slides 8-34.