Published on February 21, 2014
What the heck are altmetrics? STS Hot Topics Saturday, January 25, 2014 Rachel Borchardt American University email@example.com
But first - what the heck are research metrics? Aka bibliometrics, scientometrics, research impact .. Generally speaking, a way to measure the impact/quality/etc. of research
Well-known traditional metrics Article-level metrics ◦ Times Cited Journal-level metrics ◦ Impact Factor Author-level metrics ◦ H-index Common denominator: Thomson Reuters
Lesser-known traditional metrics Article-level metrics ◦ Times Cited (compiled from different sources, most notably Scopus and Google Scholar) Journal-level metrics ◦ SJR and SNIP Author-level metrics ◦ i-10 index ◦ H-index variations (mainly compiled using Publish or Perish software)
Bibliometrics vs. altmetrics What makes altmetrics different? Altmetrics uses different data points to create metrics ◦ i.e., NOT citation counts Altmetrics covers not only journals, but other forms of output such as: ◦ Presentations ◦ Blogs and podcasts ◦ Data sets
Examples of altmetrics Article altmetrics ◦ Downloads / page views from publisher Presentation metrics ◦ Views, downloads, favorites from SlideShare (more on this later!)
Blurred lines Bibliometrics or altmetrics? It’s not always clear. Book metrics ◦ Not entirely new, but metrics are still ‘fuzzy’ ◦ Citations, reviews, Amazon sales, WorldCat library holdings, # of books published Google Scholar citation counts ◦ Includes citations from sources like Dissertations White papers Pre-publications Online bibliographies Books and book chapters
Why altmetrics? Creating a ‘spectrum of impact’ Metrics like Impact Factor have received heavy criticism Bibliometrics designed for STEM fields Collecting quantitative measurements for a fuller picture of scholarly communication methods
Concerns and criticisms Easier to ‘game’ altmetrics? ◦ Intentional and unintentional Unfamiliarity with the metrics, methodology, and/or context for metrics Skepticism and other negative perceptions
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