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Altmetrics: Find the Buzz about Your Article

Last week, I saw that Altmetric, a company that measures article level metrics, published their list of the 2014 Top 100 articles.  Here are two examples:

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These are the papers that received the most attention online during 2014 from mainstream news, blogs, social media including Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, YouTube, and Mendeley, and review sites like including F1000. They cover a wide range of topics from serious science to those with imaginative titles.

What do you think of the top 100?

Are you curious about the buzz generated by your recent article?

Altimetric offers a free bookmarklet for your browser toolbar that will provide a detailed analysis of article level metrics for any article. Just grab it to install and go to a journal article page and click on the “Altmetric it” icon.

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Here is the Altmetric report for a recent study (published in Sept. 2014.) Notice the details available to show you who is talking about your work. (Click on an image to enlarge it.)
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Intrigued?  Learn more about Altmetrics

“Altmetrics” is an emerging category of impact measurement premised upon the value of “alternative metrics,” or metrics based distinctly on the opportunities offered by the 21st century digital environment according to the ACRL. Frequently presented as a supplemental measure to traditional citation counts and impact factors, it measures the immediate attention generated by a publication and combined with traditional citation counts, journal impact factors, and H-indexes, offers a richer view of the impact of scholarly research.  There are several studies that measure the correlation between early attention to an article and later citation counts.

You may have seen article level metrics on journal article pages from a growing number of publishers, including some PLOS, Nature, Wiley, and Springer journals. Many of these journals include article downloads and page views as well.  Scopus offers Altmetric data in the right sidebar on the article record, allowing you to see both citing articles and article mentions.

Of course there are limitations to the use of these metrics and legitimate concerns about their validity and importance.  To address these issues, NISO (the National Information Standards Organization) has undertaken an initiative to explore, identify, and advance standards and/or best practices related to alt metrics, and has published a draft white paper for public comment.

To learn more about alternative metrics and their use, start here:

Altmetrics: A Manifesto – Jason Priem, Dario Taraborelli, Paul Groth, Cameron Neylon

Altmetrics: A 21st-Century Solution to Determining Research Quality - Stacey Konkiel

 Keeping Up With… Altmetrics – Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt.

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Scopus adds Impact per Publication (IPP) Journal Metric

Today, Scopus announced the inclusion of a new journal metric: Impact per Publication.  The IPP measures the ratio of citations in a year (Y) to scholarly papers published in the three previous years (Y-1, Y-2, Y-3) divided by the number of scholarly papers published in those three years.

The JCR Impact factor, by contrast, is calcuated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years.

The IPP may help you compare journals that do not yet have a JCR Impact factor with those in the same field. Find it in the Scopus Compare Journals tool and other places in Scopus where applicable.

Learn more about the IPP metric and other Scopus journal metrics:  www.journalmetrics.com.

  Screenshot: IPP values available in Scopus ‘Compare Journals’

Screenshot: IPP values available in the Scopus ‘Journal home page’

From the Scopus Blog.

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IDP and Your RPRR

Important reminder for NIH awardees from the UAB CCTS:

IDP and Your RPRR

[translation: Individual Development Plans and Your Research Performance Progress Report]

 The NIH has established new expectations that require you to comment on the use of Individual Development Plans (IDP) to “assist graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to achieve their career goals and become contributing members of the biomedical research workforce.”  A team has already met with most graduate students and postdocs to have them start an IDP.

 You must address the use of IDPs in RPPR Section B. Accomplishments, Question B.4. Actual IDPs should not be included. Grantees must report on whether they use IDPs for all the graduate students and postdoctoral researchers included in Section D. List of Participants. Please see www.uab.edu/idp for additional information and for guidance on suggested language to use.

 In collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Education, the GBS Program and the CCTS, we have developed IDP tools to help develop and report on the use of IDPs. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jeff Engler, Dr. Susan Rich, Dr. Lisa Schwiebert, or Dr. David Chaplin for more information.

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Scopus Expands h-Index Publication Range (now 1970-present)

Prior to the expansion, the h-index calculation found in Scopus Article Details pages was for documents published from 1996- through present.  Authors with highly cited articles prior to 1996 will see an increase in their h-index.  These changes are also visible in the author profile in “Analyze author output” h-index and the Cited by (citations) tab and in the Citation overview tool.

As Scopus explains in their blog post,

No cited references pre-1996 have been added to Scopus.com yet. The first content will start to appear in November 2014. The Cited Reference Expansion project is scheduled to run until 2016 and will see 8M+ articles re-processed to include cited references.

The h-index on the Author Details page should now match the h-index found for a set of an author’s documents.  As the Expansion Project proceeds, the h-index may increase for authors publishing earlier than 1996.  It also evolves over time as articles acquire new citations.

Learn more about Scopus Author Details and the h-index.

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(Almost) Painless Biosketches

sciencv logois an online tool that assists researchers in creating and formatting and saving biographical sketches needed for federally funded research. Because it generates reference lists from My NCBI and imports grant information from eRA Commons, it is fast!

Formatted Biosketch

  • Developed by NCBI (NIH) for the SciENcv interagency working group: DOD,DOE, EPA, NIH, NSF, USDA
  • Used to create, save and maintain multiple NIH biosketches for grant applications and annual reports. Includes template for NIH Biosketch now, and NSF is to be added Fall, 2014. Your stored biosketches can be used as templates to customize for other grants.

This video from NIH demonstrates the features of SciENcv.  Prefer to read? See these detailed instructions.  Or check out this guide to get started working with My NCBI.

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EndNote adds new Library Sharing Feature

After a free upgrade to EndNote 7.2, you will be able to share your entire EndNote library (including references, PDFs, and annotations) with up to 14 others!

  •  Everyone can add to, annotate, and use the library at the same time.  
  • There is no charge for sharing, no library size limit, and charge for unlimited cloud storage!
  • You can share one library per computer and have unlimited numbers of libraries shared with you.
  • If you are sharing a library, it is probably a good idea to back it up frequently. (EndNote > File > Compressed Library.)

To share your library, enable sync if you have not already done so. Instructions

This video shows you how to share an existing library or work as a team to build a new one.

More information from EndNote

Need help with EndNote?  Contact your Lister Hill Librarians or see our EndNote library guide.

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Making the Most of My NCBI

My NCBI is a suite of tools that allows you to save PubMed searches and collections of articles, set automatic email alerts to your searches and customize your PubMed interface to include filters, highlight search terms and more. If you use a My NCBI account to manage your papers for NIH reports,  you might be interested in the newest tool, SciENcv.  Use SciENcv to create and save formatted NIH  biosketches auto-populated with your papers and eRA Commons grant information.

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For more information to My NCBI features, check out the guide Making the Most of My NCBI, It is also available through LHL guides to PubMed and the NIH Public Access Policy.

Please contact me  if you would like assistance in setting up any of these tools!

Posted in NIH Grants, Tips.


Scopus Improvements Released

On Saturday, September 6, Scopus released improvements to the interface designed  to better support day-to-day research tasks.  Specifically, these 3 tools have been improved and renamed and now include new features such as the option to export charts and graphs.

Old Scopus name     New Scopus name      Location on Scopus
Analyze Results      Analyze Search Results      Document Search Result page
Author Evaluator      Analyze Author Output      Author Details page
Analyze Journals      Compare Journals      Main search page

Example: Analyze Search Results

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Also, now it is possible to search Scopus Author Profiles by ORCID ID. If a user knows the ORCID ID for an author they can retrieve that author’s profile in Scopus.  Full release notes

If you would like to learn more about using Scopus here at UAB, please contact me.

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2014 Impact Factors Now Available

Impact Factor

Impact factors based on 2013 data were uploaded into Journal Citation Reports on July 29th. Find the new impact factor for journals you edit or publish in here. JCR also provides the immediacy index, and Eigenfactor and Article Influence scores for each of the 10.000+ highly cited journals included on the dataset.

If a journal you are interested is not included in  JCR,  Scopus offers alternative metrics for the 21,000 journals it includes. To learn more about the Scimago Journal Rank, The Source Normalized Impact per Paper and the Impact per Publication metrics, connect to the page below at http://www.journalmetrics.com/   Scopus offers a journal analyzer tool to use to compare and analyze journals.  Learn more.

 

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Posted in Journals, News, Publishing.


Writing Resources

Are you starting a literature review, a science proposal, or a paper for publication?  The Writing Resources page pictured below contains standards for authors to assist in writing projects, links to citation styles and citing sources, and resources to help avoid plagiarism. It links to similar pages on LHL books & e-books about writing, creating poster presentations, and how to select a journal to publish in. Questions? Ask a Librarian or contact me directly.

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