Altmetrics at ScienceDirect – a real time companion to citation metrics

The article level metric is the measurement of the impact and influence an article has in the world of research. Data collected from mainstream and social media is used to determine what type and how much peer-attention a research article is receiving.

A list of journals which currently offer article level metrics can found here.

The article level metrics include:

Badge A colored-coded bar that offers an at-a-glance breakdown of the article’s Altmetric score and the sources in which the mentions were found.
Altmetric Score A computation of three factors:

  • Volume – The number of times the article is mentioned.
  • Source – The significance of the media.
  • Author – The level of influence of the author of each mention.
Sources Altmetric tracks mentions of articles from a variety of sources in several categories, including:

  • Mainstream media outlets
  • Blogs
  • Policy documents
  • Multimedia
  • Online reference managers
  • Manual additions and other sources
  • Social media, including Twitter
View more details A link to additional article information and specific source counts, including the number of readers and their geographic information to show the reach of the article.
  • In ScienceDirect, the metrics bar is displayed for journal articles that have an Altmetric score greater than 0 (zero).
  • Metric data is provided by
Late last year the ScienceDirect Blog included a related article,

Article level metrics: a valuable way to gauge an article’s real-time impact. It outlined how traditional citation metrics can be complemented by real time engagment via social media (As twitter).

For articles in participating journals, ScienceDirect displays a Metrics tab where you’ll see an overview of the article’s citations, Altmetric score (a weighted count of attention) and sources of mentions. You can evaluate where the article is making an impact, in what context and whom it’s influencing, right alongside available Scopus citation metrics.

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September – Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month

From their toolkit
(also see more information at Fruits and Veggies – More Matters)

Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits. People who eat a healthy,balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for:
•Some types of cancer
•Heart disease, including heart attack and stroke
•Type 2 diabetes
•High blood pressure
However,many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
•Fewer than 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day
•Fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day

The good news? Communities, health professionals, businesses, and families can work together to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Make a difference: Spread the word about tips for healthy eating and encourage  communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
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NLM (National Library of Medicine) Resources for Nurses

From the NLM Tech Bull. 2016 Jul-Aug;(411):e4.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers support to nurses and nursing research by providing diverse resources. To learn more about these resources, please see the following:


NLM Resources for Nurses Videos

Three “NLM Resources for Nurses” videos highlight free, online resources for nursing research, patient education, and drug information:

Resources for Standards and Interoperability

The Nursing Standards and Interoperability Web page is for nurses, students, informaticians and anyone interested in nursing terminologies for systems development. The two minute video, Leveraging UMLS Synonymy to Extract Nursing Terms from SNOMED CT, demonstrates how to use the Metathesaurus to find CUIs and extract concept-level synonyms between SNOMED CT and other nursing terminologies.



PubMed for Nurses Tutorial

The PubMed for Nurses Tutorial was created specifically to help nurses efficiently find literature using PubMed.  The five videos with exercises to test your knowledge were designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes.

Additional Resources

Subscribe to the NLM YouTube Channel for more videos on quality health resources.  Find educational resources for NLM products and services from the Learning Resources database.

Other resources include MedlinePlus, PubMed,, Genetics Home Reference, AIDSource, and subject guides.

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Sawbones : A Podcast of Misguided Medicine

Recent items have included cupping at the Olympics, presidential diseases, aloe, and medical garb.

Sawbones is a podcast hosted by spouses Dr. Sydnee and Justin McElroy (hence, the title) that explores a variety of misconceptions throughout the history of medicine. On this website, readers can listen to regularly updated episodes (147 so far) that address issues like the ailments of former U.S. presidents; the history of earache cures; and fasting throughout world history. While this podcast focuses on medical history for the most part, it also contains a regular feature called Goofy Medical Questions, which addresses common queries that many folks have wondered, but are perhaps too sheepish to ask their doctor (e.g. “Is it really so bad to pop a pimple?”). Each episode is approximately one hour in length. Interested listeners can also subscribe on iTunes. [MMB]

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Jackson Laboratory – Research in Genetics and Genomics since 1929



The Jackson Laboratory (“Jax”) is a non-profit organization that has been conducting research in genetics and genomics since 1929. Currently, the group is engaged in research on topics including cancer, immunology, neurobiology, and developmental and reproductive biology. Jax is also committed to providing the general public with information about its research and recent developments in the field of genetics. On its extensive website, visitors will find numerous informational resources. By clicking on the News and Insights tabs, visitors can read about updates at Jax (“Jax News”) and explore a general blog (“Jax Blog”) that provides summaries of new studies and commentary on issues arising in the field of genetics. Podcast fans can check out the Supplemental Material podcast in this section. Interested readers can also sign up for a Jax Newsletter in order to receive weekly updates from this section of the website. Alternatively, readers can click on the Explore by Topic tab to find all previous posts relating to a topic of interest. [MMB]


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CDC Learning Connection – Training Opportunities Through the CDC and its Partners


CDC Learning Connection is your source for information about public health training developed by CDC, CDC partners, and other federal agencies. Through website features, social media, and an e-newsletter, the CDC Learning Connection keeps you informed about training opportunities, including many that offer free continuing education (CE).


For example, the Public Health 101 series includes introductions to public health, public health surveillance, epidemiology, prevention effectiveness, and public health informatics. Included slide sets are in the public domain and may be downloaded and customized as needed by the user for informational or educational purposes.

More from the CDC Learning Connection

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The Mapping Broadband Health in America – A New FCC Tool Analyzes Health and Broadband Data

From the Web site

The Mapping Broadband Health in America tool allows users to visualize, overlay and analyze broadband and health data at the national, state and county levels. The maps are an interactive experience, enabling detailed study of the intersection between connectivity and health for every county in the United States. The resulting maps can be used by both public and private sectors, and local communities, to identify opportunities and gaps in connectivity and care. Go directly to the mapping tool.

A few sample maps

View the sample maps for a peek into the world at the intersection of broadband and health.

Broadband Gaps in AmericaBroadband Gaps in America.  According to the most recent Broadband Progress Report, 34 million Americans still lack access to broadband benchmark speeds. This baseline map visualizes broadband access at the county level and identifies connectivity gaps — the lighter the color, the lower the percentage of households with broadband access. Toggle the map between state and county levels to see regional patterns and potential challenges in accessing broadband-enabled health tools. View state, county, and rural broadband maps.

Broadband Health Double Burden AreasBroadband Health Double Burden Areas. This sample map shows the power of the mapping tool to identify clusters and potentially convene public-private partnerships, private sector collaborations, and focus policy efforts. The five states in purple —Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Oklahoma— experience incidences of chronic disease above the national average. At the same time, fixed broadband access percentages in rural areas are on average below 50%, and in some cases far below. View these maps for obesity, diabetes, and preventable hospitalizations. This can also be viewed at the county level.

Broadband and Chronic DiseaseBroadband and Chronic Disease.  According to the CDC, over 29 million Americans have diabetes, a chronic disease gateway to other health conditions. This map shows widely varying levels of broadband access in high diabetes areas. (Yellow areas have comparatively lower broadband access rates than blue.)  Many of the areas with the highest diabetes prevalence also have lower broadband access. View the broadband/diabetes map and toggle between rural and urban.
Broadband and Preventable HospitalizationsBroadband and Preventable Hospitalizations.  Broadband-enabled services can empower consumers to manage medical conditions effectively in their homes and communities, rather than waiting until things escalate and require hospitalization. This map shows preventable hospitalizations (areas in red have highest levels) in counties with less than 30% broadband access. The inset is for urban areas. View the complete national map.


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‘Kudos’ promises to help scientists promote their papers to new audiences [ With related UT resource]

Increasingly popular social-media tool says it can maximize reach and impact of research.

From the 01 August 2016 Nature Toolbox article
“It’s not the job of researchers to become experts in public relations — that’s why universities have press offices, says Matt Shipman, research communications lead at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.**

But he recommends scientists toot their own horns as well. Increasingly, researchers across the scientific spectrum are coming to the same conclusion. That demand has led to the emergence of an online tool for managing the practice: a free site called Kudos, which aims to help researchers maximize the reach and impact of their papers on social media, and measure the effects of their efforts.

Tobias is a fan, and so are many others. Since its launch in May 2014, the website’s user base has grown to more than 100,000 users with around 4,000 sign-ups each month, says co-founder Charlie Rapple, who — like most of Kudos’s staff — is based in Oxford, UK.

Reaching a wider audience

“With so much more research being undertaken and published, the current system of dissemination can no longer guarantee that your work will find its audience,” says Rapple. Kudos, she says, aims “to make research more discoverable” and to “help researchers get more credit for what they do and achieve more with their work”. Kudos gives each research paper its own profile page, which users can flesh out with a plain-language summary, external resources, reviews, presentations and more. Tobias says that more than 830 individuals have viewed a summary of one of her papers on the site. She also linked one of her studies to a YouTube video in which members of her contemporary dance company represented the role of plants in sand dune formation through improvisational dance. “It’s kind of an interesting experiment, but it’s related to the paper so I linked it in the resources section.”

Papers in plain language

Kudos’s support for displaying plain-language summaries, which researchers can write to make their articles accessible to a wider audience, is particularly useful, Tananbaum says. The family members of someone with cancer, for example, may be better able to understand the context and significance of a medical study from a simple description than from the published abstract, he says. Tobias, similarly, says she hopes that the summary she has written for one of her papers will bring it to the attention of policymakers and resource managers.

But even researchers within one’s immediate field can benefit from such summaries, says Matthew Bowler, a scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Grenoble, France, and a Kudos user. The plain language makes it easier for them to understand a study’s context and significance, and to find research papers through general keyword searches.


**On a related note, The University of Toledo has a digital depository.
digarch Research data, scholarly output, institutional records, university publications, and other information of interest to researchers has been selected and deposited by university departments and centers to preserve and provide access to that research.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month – Related Resources


The CDC Vaccine and Immunization web site has has a number of links and resources

	Group of healthcare professionals

  • Healthcare providers/professionals with
    • Clinical resources as recommendations, schedules, and adverse event reporting
    • Administration tools as  protocols and statements
    • Patient education materials

immunization program managers working on laptop

  • Immunization managers with links to guidelines, publications, price lists, vaccine codes, coverage rates/data, and more

Specific groups of people

Looking for additional resources/publicity tools? Try the National Immunization Awareness Month web site. It includes a toolkit and links to additional resources.




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FDA medical device information about approved devices

Devices@FDA is a catalog of cleared and approved medical device information from fda. it includes links to the device summary information, manufacturer, approval date, user instructions, and other consumer information. Devices@FDA searches the following databases: PMN-510(k) Premarket Notification , PMA-Premarket Approval

Below is a screenshot from the Web site




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