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Individual article metrics are here. But what are they? What are they for? And why should you be bothered?

A summary of a more extensive blog post:
What is Altmetric?

Did you know that your published research articles are now scored individually? But is it important? 

Individual article metrics are here and will soon be the norm across all major journal publishers and subject areas. This now includes IBIS which, as a Wiley journal, is now signed up with Altmetric. And once mainstream they will begin to impacts on many areas of your work - 

  • they will contribute to individual researcher reputations
  • institutes will use them to monitor impact
  • funders will use them to monitor outreach and value for money

Altmetrics capture the online impact of your paper using available online data including -

  • traditional media including mainstream and science specific media
  • blogs linked to research papers
  • social media coverage including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.
  • online reference managers - e.g. Mendeley, CiteLike

The data collated by Altmetric measures the impact of your article and provides a single metric score. This score is generated by ranking individual data, so a mention on a mainstream news site (e.g. The Guardian) scores more than a blog which scores higher than Twitter, which itself scores more than Facebook. In this way all measurable media coverage of your article contributes to your overall article score.

Altmetric goes further still by providing details of all the data which contributes to your score. This means that you can see where and how your article was covered and where the impact was greatest

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IBIS to go!

Access IBIS wherever you are, whenever you want

The new IBIS app, for iPhone and iPad, brings a new browsing and reading experience for IBIS. It delivers the same stimulating, informative mixture of Articles, Highlights, Editorials, and more, that you currently enjoy from your desktop or laptop, in a user-friendly mobile version, wherever, whenever you want it.

Download from iTunes and connect using your existing personal or institutional subscription, or buy a subscription when you download.

More details . . . 


Making social media and the web work for you

A summary of a more extensive blog post:
Making social media and the web work for you


It is very easy to think that once you’ve arrived and found your feet on any social media platform, all you have to do is keep tweeting and posting and that’s that. But what is it all about? What are you actually achieving? What do you want to achieve? Can you do anything to help you and your work get noticed more? 


Take a look at any of your social media accounts and look down the avatars of followers, friends, etc. and you’ll be surprised at just how many you recognise without looking at the name below them. This is branding at the subconscious level - simple familiarity.

The best avatars are human faces or simple image, logo-style icons. When it comes to individuals it’s all about the face, and some individuals heading up their own companies choose to use their own face rather than their company logo to deliver a more personal feel and to tell the world ‘this is me speaking’.

More and more of us are using social media and other online platforms for work. But can you get your work noticed beyond the odd tweet or post to followers, colleagues, peers and friends? In a word, yes.

With over 495 million users generating over 20 billion page requests per month and over 79,000 users registered as content editors (Wikimedia Highlights April 2014), Wikipedia is the largest citizen science project on the planet and a great example of a community working together. Anyone can add content to Wikipedia, all you have to do is register for free. You can then add and edit content yourself by searching for items relating to your work and links and references to your work and papers.

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There are an increasing number of blogs and other online articles offering advice and tips on improving your social media presence and to help you get more out of social media and online research. Find articles relevant to your needs and try out their advice and tips.

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About the author 

Steve Dudley, the BOU's Senior Administrator of 17 years, is responsible for the day to day running of the BOU including social media and communications.
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