Service Spotlight: Article Level Metrics

Article-level metrics provide an alternative option to the well-known impact factor when measuring the impact of a journal’s research. Each journal article’s SpringerLink page includes Altmetrics data that explores how the article is being cited, used and discussed on the social web. An overview: Article-level metrics allow authors and editors the ability to see a wide range of metrics that cover article coverage across social media and the internet. How are these metrics calculated? We partner with Altmetrics, who track multiple sources to help better monitor and report the attention research receives. What sources are metrics collected from? When available, … Read more…

5 Tips to use LinkedIn in promoting your research

The Source has launched a new series which details how authors can better promote their work (and themselves!). As part of this series, we will be featuring tips and tricks to author self-promotion and advancing discovery of their work. Today we look at one of the most prominent professional networking sites, LinkedIn.  Are you under the impression that LinkedIn is all about making business to business connections? That it’s a gold mine for job seekers and head hunters, but a platform that isn’t quite relevant to you as a cholar? Think again! Since its beginning in 2002, LinkedIn has become a valuable … Read more…

InChI: Advancing Discovery in Chemistry

We’re excited to have the opportunity to spotlight the International Chemical Identifer (InChI), a project of IUPAC and the InChI Trust. This descriptor aims to make naming conventions for chemical compounds and reactions more streamlined. Here, Josef Eiblmaier, Valentina Eigner-Pitto, Hans Kraut from InfoChem and Samuel Winthrop, an expert in the field, explain how InChI is helping researchers standardize results and how Springer Nature chemical content will be more readily available to the public. Written by Josef Eiblmaier, Valentina Eigner-Pitto, Hans Kraut, and Samuel Winthrop What’s in a name? Among chemical substances – quite a lot. As researchers continue to elucidate the … Read more…

Bookmetrix summer update

Hello from steaming hot Heidelberg! This year, which marks Springer’s 175th anniversary, we are experiencing a memorably hot summer. And while writing this blog post, I’m hoping that our office cafeteria serves iced coffee in the afternoon… With this in mind I chose the following book title Cool Math for Hot Music and will use it as an example to show you the latest enhancements to our Bookmetrix platform. Thanks to a strong team of new developers who quickly grasped both the importance and the potential of Bookmetrix, new services are being prototyped and released at a high pace. So … Read more…

Piloting Without a Plane

By: Lucy Frisch You might have heard the term pilot used before in one of our many initiatives here at Springer Nature. For example, SharedIt began as a pilot with our Nature portfolio of journals. Pilots by definition are simply a test. Many times you probably won’t even know a pilot is taking place. An e-mail you receive or a new service you find through your MySpringer profile may seem like a regular addition, but you may just be one of the lucky ones included into a pilot project. We pilot because we are always looking for new ways to take … Read more…