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Almetric and Co-Kinetic Infographics

Thousands of conversations about scholarly content happen online every day. Altmetric tracks a range of sources to capture and collate this activity, helping you to monitor and report on the attention surrounding the work you care about.

Altmetric is a system that tracks the attention that research outputs such as scholarly articles and datasets receive online. It does this by pulling in data from three main sources:

  • Social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and blogs
  • Traditional media - both mainstream (The Guardian, New York Times) and science specific (New Scientist, Scientific American). Many non-english language titles are covered.
  • Online reference managers like Mendeley and CiteULike

The Altmetric Badge: What is it and what does it mean?

The Altmetric badge is made up of two parts:

  • the colourful Altmetric Donut badge
  • the Altmetric Attention Score in its centre

Both are used to give the reader an at-a-glance indicator of the volume and type of attention a research output has received.

The Altmetric Donut

The various colours in the Altmetric Donut represent different sources of attention a research output has received. For example Twitter is represented by the colour blue, while News is red. The amount of colour will differ in each donut depending on which sources a research output has received attention from.

The Altmetric Attention Score

The Altmetric Attention Score is derived from an automated algorithm, and represents a weighted count of the amount of attention Altmetric have picked up for a research output.

To learn more about how the Altmetric Attention Score is calculated, click here.

To learn more about the Altmetric Donut and to view examples, click here.

Altmetric and Co-Kinetic

Altmetric have very kindly given us access to their data in order that we can create infographics within topics that are relevant to our sector of physical and manual therapy. The first infographics were published in the January 2017 issue of Co-Kinetic journal.

Important things to note

  • A widely discussed piece of research doesn't necessarily equate to good quality research - it could just be attractive to the media outlets
  • The Altmetric Attention Score is constantly changing based on new mentions and engagement so the numbers we publish in our quarterly infographics are the numbers at one given point in time. The numbers in our monthly articles however come live from the Altmetric site.
  • Because we order the monthly articles in a ranking from 1 to 10 at the time the data is collected, a piece of research receive sudden attention, this rank won't automatically update so a badge attention score could update but the rank won't change.