Dear all four people who read my blog,
The past couple of years have been extremely busy for me, and I apologize for not updating my blog more frequently. I will remedy this by posting more often this year. I recently noticed that for two of the articles I published, the journal websites have something called an altmetric, which tracks the amount of internet “buzz” surrounding an article. I find this extremely helpful, as it gives people an idea of the various ways an article can contribute to scholarship. Take my article on GIS and landscape archaeology that came out in 2012 (official publication 2011) for example: according to altmetric, it has been mentioned by 7 twitters and saved in the reference libraries of 12 Mendeley users. This gave it a score of 5.7, which ranked it in the 89th percentile of all articles published by that journal. I also noticed that several classes assigned the articles in their syllabi. I’m glad that some people have found the article useful. I am very impressed with the Papers from the Institute of Archaeology. Their professionalism and skillful integration of technology is unparalleled among journals run by graduate students. Because they are open source, I feel that my article has been useful to a wide audience, as evident in the number of views and downloads (high for an academic article). I highly recommend publishing with them!