An Altmetric milestone

An Altmetric milestone

CIAT’s 2016 publication Origins of food crops connect countries worldwide has hit a major Altmetric milestone! It has become the highest-scoring output ever for its publisher, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. This article is ranked #1 out of 5,511 articles published by this source. In our own CGSpace repository, this article is ranked #3 out of 33,004 items.

Big congratulations to lead author Colin; CIAT co-authors Harold, Carlos, Steven, Julian, Nora, and Andy; and co-authors Anne, Luigi, Ximena, Johannes, John, Hannes, Cary, Loren and Paul.

Origins of food crops connect countries worldwide is an Open Access dream. Not only is it a compelling article, it has been executed and shared beautifully:

The purpose of Open Access is to ensure that research outputs are available freely and openly in the pursuit of global development. Researchers can learn from open articles and access open data without having to pay expensive subscription fees.

That said, it can be tricky to monitor what happens to Open outputs after they have been published. For this reason, publishers and research institutions adhere to copyright and storage regulations geared towards open sharing, but with rules about which links and files can be shared. Thus, research institutions can take advantage of bibliometric tools, like Altmetric, to track the impact of their publications.

Khoury et al.’s article has been particularly fun to watch, as we have been able to see exactly where and how it has been shared. Have a look for yourself:

For those of you with research outputs to share, please remember to use one of the following links when promoting your work. These links will register with Altmetric:

To obtain a CGSpace handle, search CIAT Research Online, or write to Elizabeth Campillo at [email protected].

Remember! Proper sharing and storage does not only serve to increase your Altmetric scores. To be truly Open Access and serve the global public good, you must ensure that your work is available and accessible long-term. For more information about how CIAT Library stores and tracks your work, read this post.