Email from Biomed Central pointing to ways to get #altmetrics for recent sFAMS paper

Just received from Biomed Central and thought some people might be interested in some of the ways they try to help you gather metrics about your papers.

Dear Prof Eisen,

We thought you might be interested to know how many people have read your article:

Sifting through genomes with iterative-sequence clustering produces a large, phylogenetically diverse protein-family resource
Thomas J Sharpton, Guillaume Jospin, Dongying Wu, Morgan GI Langille, Katherine S Pollard and Jonathan A Eisen
BMC Bioinformatics, 13:264   (13 Oct 2012)

Total accesses to this article since publication: 2140

This figure includes accesses to the full text, abstract and PDF of the article on the BMC Bioinformatics website. It does not include accesses from PubMed Central or other archive sites (see The total access statistics for your article are therefore likely to be significantly higher.

Your article is ‘Highly accessed’ relative to age. See for more information about the ‘Highly accessed’ designation.

These high access statistics demonstrate the high visibility that is achieved by open access publication. To keep track of how often your article is accessed, you can visit the “My Manuscripts” section of the BioMed Central website at any time:

You can check for citations of your article via “Google Scholar”, a free service that can be accessed via a link in the box at the top left of your article (left of the title), or via the following link:
Check this link periodically to see how often your article is cited.

Article download statistics and citation figures can be effective ways to demonstrate the impact of your research, when writing grant proposals or job applications.

High article download figures are just one benefit of publishing in BMC Bioinformatics; others include rapid peer review, immediate publication of your article after acceptance and inclusion in PubMed, MEDLINE and PubMed Central shortly after publication. In addition, you retain copyright, so you are free to post your article on any website or distribute it in any other way you like. BMC Bioinformatics has an impact factor of 3.43 and is one of the top journals in its field.

Thank you for choosing to publish your article in BMC Bioinformatics. We look forward to receiving your next manuscript – you can submit online at:

Elizabeth Moylan PhD, Series Editor, Biology

BioMed Central publishes more than 190 open access journals. If you are publishing research in another area, don’t forget to consider one of these titles:

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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