Publishers are among some of the earliest adopters of altmetrics. Here’s how they’ve used them over the years:
- To help authors understand the reach of their publications;
- To build recommender features, helping readers decide what to view; and
- To help journal editors understand “the big picture” regarding attention paid to their research.
Here are some specific examples of how publishers have used altmetrics to date.
Feedback for authors: Michigan Publishing
Recommending “trending research”: Springer Nature and Taylor & Francis
Altmetric data powers the innovative “trending articles” section seen on many Springer Nature journals, which helps authors and readers discover the most discussed research. Taylor & Francis offers a similar service: the #ReadMyResearch reading lists, broken out by subject area.
Editorial insights: University of Pittsburgh library publishing program
The University of Pittsburgh’s library-run open access publishing program is run using the Open Journal Systems platform, which connects with PlumX products to provide insights for 40+ journals’ editors. Check out this Library Publishing Coalition webinar recording for more information.