Altmetrics are alternative indicators for scholarly reach and creates an altmetric score based on Tweets, Mendeley saves, blog posts, media coverage and Facebook Shares among other indicators. 122 articles were included in the data, which are HEDS publications mentioned in the last year, but not exclusive to 2015. According to the altmetric data IR-related publications were covered in 10 blogs, 22 policy documents, 11 Wikipedia entries, was subject to 1253 Tweets and 27 Facebook shares. The data was gartered between 18th January 2015 to 18th January 2016.
Below is the table to the top 10 with Andrew Booth taking top spot with a paper he co-authored in PLOS. The paper was Tweeted 290 times, saved to Mendeley 49 times, CiteUlike 4 times and blogged once. Not all publications covered in the complete list was published in 2015, but were still communicated and shared in 2015, thus showing the long tail of our research.
The full list of research included in the 2015 export can be viewed here:
IR Altmetrics Chart 2015
|Top 10 Articles According to Altmetric.com Featuring IR staff|
We can also see from the data the publications IR staff published the most in with HTA Reports taking top spot. As for the journals, Health Information & Libraries Journals published 10 articles.
|Top Publications for IR and supported research|
Finally we can see the reach of our research on Twitter with 51% of Tweets happening outside of the UK, with 163 North American Tweeters sharing our research, making up for 20% of all IR-related research Tweets in 2015.
|Tweets by location for IR-related research|