Altmetric - monitor research outreach
By using altmetric data, one can measure and follow how research is being disseminated and discussed, both inside and outside academia, such as social media, news articles, and documents.
What is altmetric data?
Altmetric data is an easy and concrete way to monitor KTH's contribution to knowledge dissemination to society. The data is aggregated from the digital tracks that scientific publications leave behind online.
Scientific results and discussions are often published online. If you use the right tools, there are endless possibilities to measure and monitor your research and its results.
For researchers, reviewing one's altmetric data may help increase the scientific work's visibility and enhance understanding of how it reaches outside KTH. By monitoring the spread of your research and analysing which efforts led to this outcome, you will have a good base for planning new activities to increase your future visibility.
Benefits of working actively with altmetric:
- Reach a wider audience with your work and results
- Increase usefulness of publications
- Contribute to, and raise, level of knowledge in your research area
- Increase number of citations
- Contribute to ranking results
KTH has access to Altmetrics, a tool to follow and measure altmetric data. All employees and students have access to the tool and can log in by clicking the link below. Altmetrics is a helpful tool for understanding how, when, and where scientific work spreads. It is also possible to look closely at one specific publication and follow how it disseminates over time.
It is also possible to do searches for specific groups, for example, a research group, department, or school, to see how KTH's research makes its way through to society. The search can be saved and viewed anytime again.
Use correct tags
Almetrics collects data from many sources where a publication is referred to or mentioned, such as social media, news articles, Wikipedia, and documents.
Altmetrics uses unique identification numbers, such as DOI, PMID, or ISBN, to index mentions and references to your work and/or publication. Therefore, it is essential that a link and/or the previously named numbers are included directly in the source, for example, in a blog post or a tweet. Otherwise, Altmetrics will not find it.
The same principle applies to your communication channels. Make it a good habit to announce progress and results, such as published articles or conference contributions on your profile page, web page, and social channels. Remember to include the identification number!
KTHB helps employees and students publish, search for information, and measure data, for example, by using databases, research engines, and altmetrics.