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At Altmetric we’ve always tracked the online attention for items with a scholarly identifier, no matter what subject they might be. Despite this, the majority of the attention we’ve seen to this published research so far tends to be for articles or data relating to public health or scientific breakthroughs. Why is this? Partly, we suspect, it’s because these are matters of broad public interest, and the primary outputs of researchers working in those disciplines tend to be academic articles, which then get then published in a journal, and, if deemed high profile enough, promoted further by the publisher as well as the author(s).

A couple of months ago, at the London Book Fair, Springer and Altmetric launched a new platform to measure book impact: Bookmetrix. But what is Bookmetrix exactly, and what can data can you see? Read on to learn more.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking about what altmetrics are, what Altmetric.com data can show you, and some ideas for how researchers might use it. In this post you’ll find some real-life use cases featuring researchers who have gone ahead and done just that.

In the last few years altmetrics have been adopted by many institutions, publishers, funders and researchers as a way of tracking and monitoring the online attention, reach, and influence of published work. Increasingly these data are also being used to identify and report on the broader impacts of research to funders and other key stakeholders. In our previous post in this series we gave an overview of what the Altmetric data for each article on SpringerLink can provide, now we’d like to delve into the use cases a little more.

In this post we’ll cover some of the main things to consider when looking to use altmetrics data in your CV and for funding grant applications – including best practice, some tips to get you started, and potential pitfalls to avoid.