Your questions, answered: introducing the Impactstory Knowledge Base

We’re launching a new feature today to make it even easier to use Impactstory: the Impactstory Knowledge Base. We’ve seeded the Knowledge Base with answers to users’ frequently asked questions: how to create, populate and update your Impactstory profile, embed your Impactstory profile in other websites, and more. And we’ll be adding more articles–particularly those …

7 ways to make your Google Scholar Profile better

Google Scholar Profiles are useful, but are not as good as they could be. In our last post, we identified their limitations: dirty data, a closed platform, and a narrow understanding of what constitutes scholarly impact. That said, Google Scholar Profiles are still an important tool for thousands of academics worldwide. So, how can researchers …

4 reasons why Google Scholar isn’t as great as you think it is

These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find an academic who doesn’t think that Google Scholar Profiles are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Some days, I agree. Why? Because my Google Scholar Profile captures more citations to my work than Web of Knowledge or Scopus, automatically adds (and tracks citations for) new papers I’ve published, …

4 things every librarian should do with altmetrics

Researchers are starting to use altmetrics to understand and promote their academic contributions. At the same time, administrators and funders are exploring them to evaluate researchers’ impact. In light of these changes, how can you, as a librarian, stay relevant by supporting their fast-changing altmetrics needs? In this post, we’ll give you four ways to …

Ten reasons you should put altmetrics on your CV right now

If you don’t include altmetrics on your CV, you’re missing out in a big way. There are many benefits to scholars and scholarship when altmetrics are embedded in a CV. Altmetrics can: provide additional information; de-emphasize inappropriate metrics; uncover the impact of just-published work; legitimize all types of scholarly products; recognize diverse impact flavors; reward …

Impactstory Advisor of the Month: Jon Tennant (June 2014)

Jon Tennant (blog – Twitter), a PhD candidate studying tetrapod biodiversity and extinction at Imperial College London, was one of the first scientists to join our recently launched Advisor program. Within minutes of receiving his acceptance into the program, Jon was pounding the virtual pavement to let others know about Impactstory and the benefits it brings …

The ultimate guide for staying up-to-date on your data, software, white papers, slide decks and conference posters’ impact

Getting impact alerts for your papers was pretty simple to set up, but what about tracking real-time citations, downloads, and social media activity for your other research outputs? There are so many types of outputs to track–datasets, software, slide decks, and more. Plus, there seems to be dozens of websites for hosting them! How can …