I am running a number of experiments right now on behalf of my friend and colleague Will Russell to see what ammunition I can give him for a presentation later this week. I am already running the experiment detailed here “Running an Experiment Regarding Growing AltMetrics Using Kudos” and the data is clear…it’s working. But what I think is working is that I am simply claiming articles on Kudos, enriching them as appropriate and I am doing the work to push the info out to the social networks…sharing it via email, Facebook and Twitter. I ran some bland tweets and facebook posts about some articles and got the expected resulted..low altmetric scores. I got a little creative about our article on Fuzzy Structure Generation and some quips about pulling my hair out over the science etc. and boom Altmetrics score went up dramatically. I am about to spike it again I hope with another tweet. This is simply pushing up the Altmetric score with NO INDICATION that anyone read the article, cared about the science, or even looked at it. So this does beg the question whether or not an increase in the Altmetric score means anything but this is a different conversation and one that has happened many times. This experiment is simply showing how important my own involvement is is shifting things along…well that’s my interpretation at least.
Now what I want to do is to NOT use Kudos to push out the social networking posts etc but simply do the work away from the platform and see whether the Altmetric score grows, and how fast can I move it. I have a whole set of articles regarding Electron Paramagnetic Resonance that are hard to make exciting. But the one on eight carbon alkyl chains and molecular motions is a good one so I have chosen that one to shift. Notice LOW kudos views and no Altmetric score…last column.
It’s from 1990 and, from my point of view, this was MY breakthrough work in my thesis…I was able to learn a lot about what it means to be a scientist, to develop a hypothesis and analyze data. I am very proud of this work….
May the experiment begin….