…in a CV or resume

May 23, 2016

When using altmetrics to document your research’s influence, keep in mind that context is very important for making the numbers you list meaningful.

Provide contextual information like percentiles and maps that communicates to your viewer how your paper or other research output has performed relative to others’ papers/outputs:

Author, A. (2015). “Title.” Journal name. doi:10.000/10.100x
Citations: 4 – listed in the 98th percentile of Biology research published in 2015 on Impactstory.
Other impact metrics: listed on Altmetric.com as being in the 96th percentile of papers published in Journal name and the 87th percentile of papers published in 2015.
International influence: this paper has been mentioned, bookmarked, or viewed in at least 43 countries, according to Impactstory.

Qualitative data is also a good way to provide context for the attention your work has received. You can find full-text mentions of your work using altmetrics services, and include them in your website, CV, or dossier like so:

Author, A. (2015). “Title.” Journal name. doi:10.000/10.100x
Paper and related video abstract covered by more than 100 media outlets worldwide, including The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.
Recommended on 12 research blogs, putting it in the 99th percentile of Biology publications published in 2015. Was described as “a breakthrough study on examples” by prominent genetics and evolution researcher Rosie Redfield.