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Interesting Articles on Altmetrics

In a previous post, we mentioned the concept of altmetrics briefly when introducing the Altmetric for Scopus feature in the Scopus database.  Below we are listing links to two thought-provoking articles on altmetrics, both published last week.

The following two blog posts published in 2012 are also interesting. Make sure to check out the comments, which are equally interesting.

Hardin Library offers workshops on a variety of subjects including how to find journals’ Impact Factors and H indices. Our Fall schedule is coming soon. Stay tuned.


Measuring Scholarly Impact: Altmetrics and Altmetric for Scopus

Traditional scholarly metrics like Journal Impact Factors do not take into account scholars’ impact in today’s social media world.  This is where altmetrics come in (visit altmetrics: a manifesto for more information). There are a growing number of altmetrics applications out there. One example is the Altmetric for Scopus.

Scopus is a multidisciplinary database with substantial international coverage. When you view an abstract in Scopus, you might see a box titled Altmetric for Scopus on the right side of the screen.  Below is a screenshot taken from the abstract view of the article: Slinin, Y., Paudel, M., Taylor, B. C., Ishani, A., Rossom, R., Yaffe, K., . . . Ensrud, K. E. (2012). Association between serum 25(OH) vitamin D and the risk of cognitive decline in older women. Journals of Gerontology – Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 67 A(10), 1092-1098.

It should be noted that Scopus is not compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) 9 (like ProQuest Dissertations and Theses). IE 9 users should also make sure compatibility view mode is turned on: go to Tools and then click on Compatibility View settings and check Display all websites in Compatibility View.

altmetric for scopus

Altmetric for Scopus is a 3rd party web application that collects mentions on social media and news outlets and counts on popular reference managers for a  particular paper.  The number inside the colored circle is the Altmetric score for the article you’re viewing.  If you don’t see the Altmetric for Scopus, it means this app can’t find any mentions of the article you are viewing in their data sources. Also keep in mind that Altmetric only started collecting content from supported publishers/repositories during the second half of 2011.  Read more on the app’s potential limits on its developer’s website.

Come to Hardin Library on Tuesday, Feb 19th, 1:00-2:00 pm and learn more about Scopus. Register for the class at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/workshop/ Don’t forget that we offer a class called “Get Started Publishing”. If you don’t see it listed, you can always contact us for a one on one or group consultation.


Scopus mobile app: Scopus Alert for iPhone


The Scopus Alert for iPhone app allows you to 1) do keyword search, 2) email, bookmark, and tweet an article, and 3) receive email alerts when articles get cited. Keep in mind that you can only view abstracts, and full-text links are NOT available. A workaround is to email an article to oneself and access the fulltext outside of the app.

Before you download and install SciVerse Scopus Alerts (institutional subscriber’s version) from the App Store on your iPhone, you need to create a Scopus account at http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/scopus. You will be prompted to enter your Scopus log in and password and your UIowa email when you first open this app. Detailed instruction can be found at SciVerse Scopus iPhone app User Guide (PDF file).


Scopus is a multidisciplinary database with substantial international coverage. All citations that are in EMBASE are also in Scopus. Scopus also allows you to measure an author’s scholarly impact and to track an article’s cited and citing references.

Come to Hardin Library on Tuesday, Feb 19th, 1:00-2:00 pm and learn more about Scopus. Register for the class at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/workshop/.


New Compounding Resources from USP

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently added a new page on its website dedicated to compounding information including USP standards.  USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations can be downloaded  free of charge, at least for now.

Contact us if you have questions. Don’t forget Hardin Library’s subject guide on Clinical Pharmacy Resources also has a subpage for compounding resources.



New Google search feature: drug information directly shown on results page

If you have not noticed it yet, type a drug name into Google search box and you will see a quick information box on the right side of your results page. Google announced this new feature on Dec 11, 2001 on Google +.

At the bottom of the box, sources are acknowledged and a link for reporting errors provided. A prominently placed disclaimer states “Consult a doctor if you have a medical concern.”



What is Metadata?

Research has become increasingly data-intensive. Many funding agencies, such as National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have started to implement policies and guidelines regarding data management and sharing. In such context, metadata is a term that is often used but not always explained or defined.

A recent blog post by Bonnie Swoger, a librarian at SUNY Geneseo, does an excellent job in explaining metadata using examples many , if not all, can related to. Swoger blogs at Information Culture, a Scientific American blog.

Read on and happy holidays! What is metadata? A Christmas themed exploration.

Christmas tree at Hardin

Christmas Tree Made Out Of Hardin Books/Journals


figshare: a Free Multidisciplinary Data Repository

figshare is a multidisciplinary repository where researchers can share their research data online under the Creative Commons license. It gives users unlimited public space and 1GB of private storage space for free. All file formats can be published, including figures, datasets, media (including video), papers (including pre-prints), posters and filesets (groups of files). All research data including negative data published on figshare is allocated a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) at point of publication.

Like many other digital repositories, figshare promotes the concept of open access publishing and makes research data easily citable and discoverable.


JournalTOCs: Keeping current made easier

A good way to keep current with research and practice is to monitor recent publications in keys journals in a field, but it can be time-consuming to visit each journal’s website and browse the Table of Contents (TOCs).

JournalTOCs (http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk) is a free one-stop shop for monitoring TOCs from multiple journals. A wide range of subject are covered by this site, such as art, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, life sciences, and health sciences (see the subject page).  Below are step-by-step instructions on how to best use this website.

1. Registering an account is required but very easy. All they need is an email address and a password. Just click “Sign In” on the right top corner of your computer screen.

2. Log onto JournalTOCs and use the search box on the left of your screen to find the journal of your interest (see image below). For example, type in Journal of Biological Chemistry and click “Go”.

3. A “SEARCH RESULTS” panel will appear below the search box (see image below). Check the box before the journal you wish to follow, and the journal title will appear on the right.

4. To add more journal titles, repeat Steps 2 and 3. You will see the list on the right side of the search box expanding.

5. Next time when you log in, you will see journals you follow listed in the middle of your screen (see image below). Click on the title to view the TOCs.

6. If you do not wish to have another set of login to remember just for JournalTOCs, you can do either of the followings.

A.) Access JournalTOCs via your email
Make sure to check the box before “Email Alerts is On” at the bottom of the list of followed journals (see image above). When new articles are available, you will receive a message in the email address you used for registration.

B.) Access JournalTOCs via a RSS Feed Reader (e.g. Google Reader).
There are basically two steps here: exporting your mytocs list from JournalTOCs and importing this list to your RSS Feed Reader.

If you have any questions about using JournalTOCs, feel free to contact us at (319) 335-9151 or lib-hardin@uiowa.edu.