July 16, 2015

Making an impact...

by Carlos A. Botero

[16 July 2015] The news today are pretty good: four of the latest papers from the Botero Lab are currently scoring in the top 5% of all articles ever tracked by Altmetric. What this means is that these papers have generated more discussion and online commentary than the vast majority of the 4+ million papers ever tracked by this service! What a treat... it always encouraging to see that our work is reaching a vast audience! Nevertheless, it is also important to acknowledge that there are several caveats to consider regarding the value of high Altmetric scores. One of the really important ones is that higher online buzz does not necessarily imply greater scientific impact (for a funny, albeit sad example, please take a look at this well-known case of unfortunate proofreading). However, it is worth while noting that our high Altmetric scores are so far translating into comparatively high citation rates (see below), indicating that these papers are not only appealing to the general public and the popular press, but also to the scientific community. 

If you haven't had a chance yet, please use the following links to download the papers in question (all of them are open access) and to check out how they were covered in the news and discussed online:

The Ecology of Religious Beliefs (Altmetric score: 312!! Google scholar citations: 13 in 0.7 years)

Evolutionary Tipping Points in the Capacity to Adapt to Environmental Change (Almetric score: 97!! Google scholar citations: 4 in 0.6 years)

Environmental harshness is positively correlated with intraspecific divergence in mammals and birds (Almetric score: 17; Google scholar citations: 13 in 1.5 years)

Sexual selection accelerates signal evolution during speciation in birds (Almetric score: 16; Google scholar citations: 24 in two years)

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