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STS Hot Topics Midwinter 2014 altmetrics presentation
STS Hot Topics Midwinter 2014 altmetrics presentation
STS Hot Topics Midwinter 2014 altmetrics presentation
STS Hot Topics Midwinter 2014 altmetrics presentation
STS Hot Topics Midwinter 2014 altmetrics presentation
STS Hot Topics Midwinter 2014 altmetrics presentation
STS Hot Topics Midwinter 2014 altmetrics presentation
STS Hot Topics Midwinter 2014 altmetrics presentation
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STS Hot Topics Midwinter 2014 altmetrics presentation

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an overview of bibliometrics vs. altmetrics

an overview of bibliometrics vs. altmetrics

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  • 1. What the heck are altmetrics? STS Hot Topics Saturday, January 25, 2014 Rachel Borchardt American University borchard@american.edu
  • 2. 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 
  • 3. Well-known traditional metrics  Article-level metrics ◦ Times Cited  Journal-level metrics ◦ Impact Factor  Author-level metrics ◦ H-index  Common denominator: Thomson Reuters
  • 4. 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)
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Examples of altmetrics  Article altmetrics ◦ Downloads / page views from publisher  Presentation metrics ◦ Views, downloads, favorites from SlideShare (more on this later!)
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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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