ScHARR’s research and collaborations receive a lot of coverage in the press and across social and traditional media platforms. We have looked back over the past year to pick out a few highlights from some of our work that received coverage and how far it reached across social media and other notable web citations.

According to Altmetric.com our research and collaborations with external partners recieved 23,840 mentions in 2016 with a couple of weeks still to go. Altmetric tracks all of our research outputs, so many of the new mentions were also for research pre-2016, but we will take a look at a few of the notable highlights from this year’s outputs.

Of the 23,840 mentions, 820 were news items, our research was cited in 76 policy documents, 82 Wikipedia citations and links within F1000. On social media our research was mentioned in 20,661 Tweets, 1,678 Facebook Shares and 97 Google+ shares. Our output reached as far as the Chinese social network Weibo on 15 occasions. whilst it was linked and featured on 340 blogs, pinned on Pinterest, mentioned on open peer review and ranked on Reddit as well as featured in 11 videos. Our research and collaborations were Tweeted about in 86 different countries with the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada and Spain being the most prominent communicators.

It is important to say that this is the research mentions we are aware of, as Altmetric can only track research that has some kind of digital object identifier - such as a PubMed ID - in the communications.

image of altmetric data for 2016

Our Sheffield Alcohol Research Group continued their strong research output alongside collaborators again. ‘Are recent attempts to quit smoking associated with reduced drinking in England? A cross-sectional population survey’ received a lot of attention with 34 mentions in the news media. Top Sante, Metro News, NHS Choices, Google News alongside many regional news publications ran stories based on the conclusions from the research.

A collaboration between South Yorkshire partners at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Goldthorpe Medical Centre and ScHARR received coverage across the web. The paper was titled: Primary care services located with EDs: a review of effectiveness.
Professor Suzanne Mason, Colin O’Keefe and Suzanne Ablard’s collaboration with Shammi Ramlakhan and Alicia Ramtahal was covered by Pulse, Nursing Times, OnMedica and Medpage Today, as well as a flurry of 134 Tweets.

Dr Andrew Booth’s paper ‘Searching for qualitative research for inclusion in systematic reviews: a structured methodological review’ received a lot of traction thanks to 216 Tweets as well as a mention on the Evidently Cochrane Blog.

Building the Evidence Base of Blood-Based Biomarkers for Early Detection of Cancer: A Rapid Systematic Mapping Review was mentioned by a dozen news outlets. The research was featured in news by Science Daily, Genomeweb, Medical News Today, Health Medicine Network and Health Canal among others. The work was done by Lesley Utley, Helen Buckley Woods and Susan Harnan with collaborators based at institutions in the Midlands.