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QxMD and Altmetric Announce Plan to Integrate Altmetric Data Into Medical & Scientific Journal App ‘Read’




August 12, 2013 – QxMD and Altmetric have announced an agreement to integrate Altmetric data into Read by QxMD, a personalized medical and scientific research aggregator for iPad, iPhone and the web.

Altmetric is a service that tracks online mentions of scholarly articles in social media, newspapers, blogs and other sources.  Altmetric extracts, disambiguates and collates the mentions into article-level metrics, which serve as indicators of how much attention that articles have received online.  These data will be integrated into Read using the Altmetric application programming interface (API).

Read helps healthcare providers and scientists to keep up to date with groundbreaking publications in their area of clinical and scientific focus.  In addition, it leverages existing university affiliations to get one-touch access to millions of full text articles.

“Read is designed to help clinicians and scientist keep up with the latest research through the provision of personalized recommendations,” says medical director of QxMD, Dr. Daniel Schwartz.  “Our recommendation engine currently identifies high impact articles based on dozens of signals.  The inclusion of Altmetric data into our recommendation engine will markedly improve our ability to share the most relevant content with our users.”

The embedded search engine in Read is designed to provide more relevant results than PubMed and the Altmetric API will be utilized to further enhance the relevance of these search results.  In addition to algorithmic curation of the literature, Read allows users to track specific journals, article collections and search terms, and then get reminders about new content via push notification or email.

“We’re really pleased to be working with QxMD to bring Altmetric data to mobile platforms, which are increasingly being used to read scholarly papers,” says Euan Adie, founder of Altmetric.  “We’re always keen to see attention metrics in new and interesting contexts, and so we’re particularly excited that our data can help to enhance the process of article discovery for users of Read.”

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About Altmetric

Altmetric is a London-based startup that enables publishers and researchers to track and measure the online activity around scholarly works.  Clients include Nature Publishing Group, Cell Press and Springer Science+Business Media.  With a strong focus on engineering and data science know-how, Altmetric makes collecting and analysing article-level metrics easy.  Learn more at

About QxMD

QxMD is dedicated to creating apps that enhance research dissemination and knowledge translation for practicing health care professionals and research scientists.  Read by QxMD is a personalized medical & scientific journal available for iPad and iPhone at and on the web at