Thing 19: Altmetrics

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Here it is – the Altmetrics of the article I’m interested in. And by clicking on the Altmetric Donut, there are even more interesting results –

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The demographics show that where are the audience and shares from, and how much people are there. Whereas the “Mentioned By” category at the below, states that how much people shared this article.

For a grad student like me, the sharing numbers of news outlet, Mendeley and CiteULike indicate that this article is of how much academic interests in the field and that to what extent could the quality of the article be. The number of tweeters, Facebook pages and blogs also shows that this article is interesting for people in general. I’d say that Altmetrics is a fairly decent tool for students for research demands because it has an amazing database to acquire these sharing data from different platforms and that it provides a clear and in-depth insight for users to decide whether to use the articles or not.

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However, I tried to altmetric in my field of HR by searching for an article about collective bargaining, unfortunately I was unable to do so. I think it could be that the journal database website is not supporting Altmetrics API, and that it is a possible a lot of journal websites do not support it. Since in order to have Altmetrics supported in the website requires some technical development, it remains a challenge for Altmetrics to become popular and expand their user base. This limitation, on the other hand, demotivates user interest in this application as well since it cannot be widely applied.

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