Who's Been Talking About Your Work?

February 29, 2012

As scientists and researchers, sharing your work with as wide a (targeted) audience as possible is of paramount importance. After all, the average researcher spends upwards of 70% of their waking hours working, so knowing that your work is being appreciated by your peers - not just in books and journals – isn't much to ask, is it?

A new bookmarklet for Chrome, Firefox and Safari - Altmetric It – has been launched with the purpose to enable users to calculate the number of times a paper has been referenced via social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook and the number of times it has been cited across a number of major repositories, including Mendeley and Connotea.

Beautifully simplistic, this easy-to-use tool has the potential to become an indispensable tool for scientists and publishers alike. However, it is still in its infancy and it's viability and level of real-time accuracy or reliability may not be realized for some time. Even so, we're pretty excited by what the future may hold...watch this space.