STS Hot Topics Midwinter 2014 altmetrics presentation
What the heck are altmetrics?
STS Hot Topics
Saturday, January 25, 2014
But first - what the heck are
Aka bibliometrics, scientometrics,
research impact ..
Generally speaking, a way to measure the
impact/quality/etc. of research
Well-known traditional metrics
◦ Times Cited
◦ Impact Factor
Common denominator: Thomson Reuters
Lesser-known traditional metrics
◦ Times Cited (compiled from different sources,
most notably Scopus and Google Scholar)
◦ SJR and SNIP
◦ 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
◦ i.e., NOT citation counts
Altmetrics covers not only journals, but
other forms of output such as:
◦ Blogs and podcasts
◦ Data sets
Examples of altmetrics
◦ Downloads / page views from publisher
◦ Views, downloads,
favorites from SlideShare
(more on this later!)
Bibliometrics or altmetrics? It’s not always clear.
◦ 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
Books and book chapters
Creating a ‘spectrum of impact’
Metrics like Impact Factor have received
Bibliometrics designed for STEM fields
Collecting quantitative measurements for a
fuller picture of scholarly communication
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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