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.

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All items in QUT ePrints now have sharing buttons, making it really simple to share an article with your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.  You can share QUT ePrints across two hundred platforms, including:

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Altmetrics… measuring the broader impact of research

"Naptime" by  Alec Couros (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

“Naptime” by Alec Couros (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) The research simultaneously striking fear and/or relief into the hearts of preschooler’s parents

Altmetrics are “alternative metrics”. Traditionally, research quality has been judged by the prestige of the journal it is published in, or by the number of citations to a paper. About 2010, the term Altmetrics was coined to refer to broader demonstrations of impact, such as mentions in newspapers or web pages, article downloads, twitter mentions, etc. These can be seen as measures of attention that articles are receiving online.

Various projects and websites (such as Altmetric.com or ImpactStory) now calculate the altmetrics of research papers. QUT ePrints gives the Altmetric.com score for journal articles as well as the traditional citation measures.

Recently, a QUT authored article has been racing up the altmetrics charts. The article, “Napping, development and health from 0 to 5 year : a systematic review” in Archives of Disease in Childhood is gaining a lot of online attention and has been frequently mentioned in newspapers, tweets, web pages and blogs. As of 27 February, 2015, it has an com score of 164 (pretty fine).

It is a systematic review of the evidence and was written by Karen Thorpe, Sally Staton, Emily Sawyer, Cassandra Pattinson, Simon Smith, and QUT Library’s own Health Liaison Librarian, Catherine Haden. There is more about altmetrics here, or you can read more about the research or the eprint of the article.