Who has been talking about your research? Altmetric Explorer knows.


Navigate the brave new world of alternative metrics (altmetrics) with Altmetric Explorer.

While traditional, citation-based metrics can take a significant amount of time to indicate the impact of research, altmetrics, that measure online attention, can give researchers a real-time indication of who is taking an interest in their research.

QUT researchers can now see who is talking about their research, and where.  Altmetric Explorer aggregates mentions of their works in a number of sources, including news outlets, blogs, policy documents, social media and Wikipedia, to calculate an ‘Attention Score’.  This is represented by a multi-coloured ‘doughnut’, where each colour corresponds to a type of source; the more colourful the doughnut the wider the reach.

You can use Altmetric Explorer to explore QUT’s publication data, or all research in the Altmetric database. Search by article title, keyword, researcher name, QUT faculty or school.  Currently, Altmetric Explorer only tracks QUT articles with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).  Register for an account in Altmetrics Explorer to access extra features.  So get ready to explore Altmetric Explorer and find out the colour of your ‘doughnut’. If you have any questions please contact your Liaison Librarian or Library Research Support.

Happy Library Lovers Day!

The 14th of February is a day for lovers, Library Lovers to be exact! Libraries around Australia have embraced the day as a chance to remind policy makers about the wonderful work librarians do and the important role libraries have in society.

Take a moment to say thank you to your local librarian or visit a library you haven’t been to before. Share your #librarylove on social media, even if it is just a shot of your personal collection.

Remember, the QUT Library website is a great place to start looking for information for your research or general study skills.

Love Your Data Week 2017

From the 13th to the 17th of February, along with other academic and research libraries, data archives and organisations, QUT Library is celebrating the value and importance of research data, which are (we believe) crucial for advancing our knowledge of the world around us.

The theme for the 2017 social media event is ‘data quality’ and each day focuses on a different aspect of research data management:

13 February – Defining data quality

14 February – Documenting, describing, defining

15 February – Good data examples

16 February – Finding the right data

17 February – Rescuing unloved data

QUT researchers are also getting into the swing of things!  Here’s what Associate Professor Adrian Barnett from the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health has to say about issues he’s faced in the research data management process:

“A huge issue is data access. I’ve seen PhDs and postdocs ruined because individuals and groups won’t release or share data, even though it’s almost always data collected from the public and the goal of the research is always to improve public health. And oftentimes, the groups are doing nothing with the data, they just don’t want to share it just in case.

People also wear themselves out collecting too much data. At the project design stage, there’s often a lot of thought that a particular variable or new data source would be great to collect. If multiple people with different “pet” variables are involved, the data collection becomes massive and eats all of the project budget and time. An analysis is then hastily done because there’s no time or energy left. Answering a few questions well is the better option than answering a lot of questions badly.”

Dr Tony Beatton, a researcher from the School of Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business who’s completing a PhD on the economics of happiness and whose research is founded on the application of primary-source datasets to has this to say:

“Given clean, accurate data, a researcher can look for patterns that explain human behaviour.  To do this, we need:

  1. A desire to use data as the basis for examining research questions;
  2. Access to quality data, which the QUT library certainly enables;
  3. Technical skills in mathematics and statistics, which enable us to;
  4. Apply the data plus our technical skills and knowledge of the literatures to examine important research questions.

The truth is in the numbers which manifest in the data.”

If you’re a researcher, leave a comment below on your experience with data, or any tips, tricks and resources that you wished someone had shared with you!

Visit the Love Your Data blog each day for stories, resources and activities and if you would like to join the conversation or to view more, go to Twitter (#LYD17, #loveyourdata), Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Get your Research on at ResBaz!

Kickstart your research in 2017 with the Research Bazaar (ResBaz). It is on in Brisbane again this year and is hosted by The University of Queensland. ResBaz is an international festival celebrating digital literacies that are the foundation of modern research. It facilitates collaboration between early career researchers, PhD students, and researchers at other stages of their career using the next generation of digital research tools. You can learn from peers about the digital skills needed for cutting edge research in the 21st century!

There are several events happening in Brisbane throughout ResBaz including a Festival Day and a variety of workshops. Some of the information shared will be about OpenRefine and Web scrapers, bioinformatics as well as some Software Carpentry lessons.

For those able to get to Brisbane the details are as follows –

Where: University of Queensland, St Lucia campus (Advanced Engineering Building)

When: 7-9 February, 2017.

What: ResBaz includes several events and workshops. Registration for the market day is available and recommended. Registration for the workshops is essential.

For those who can’t to get to Brisbane, don’t worry! ResBaz is an international event and hosted in other locations around the globe so you can find a ResBaz location near you.

Can’t make it toResBaz? No worries, QUT Library offers research support to students. Check out QUT Library’s resources for researchers and the training and assistance we offer to all Higher Degree Research Students, other researchers and research support staff.