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What the heck are altmetrics?
STS Hot Topics
Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rachel Borchardt
American University
borchard@ame...
But first - what the heck are
research metrics?
Aka bibliometrics, scientometrics,
research impact ..
 Generally speaking...
Well-known traditional metrics


Article-level metrics
◦ Times Cited



Journal-level metrics
◦ Impact Factor



Author...
Lesser-known traditional metrics


Article-level metrics
◦ Times Cited (compiled from different sources,
most notably Sco...
Bibliometrics vs. altmetrics
What makes altmetrics different?


Altmetrics uses different data points to
create metrics
◦...
Examples of altmetrics


Article altmetrics
◦ Downloads / page views from publisher



Presentation metrics
◦ Views, dow...
Blurred lines

Bibliometrics or altmetrics? It’s not always clear.


Book metrics

◦ Not entirely new, but metrics are st...
Why altmetrics?


Creating a ‘spectrum of impact’



Metrics like Impact Factor have received
heavy criticism



Biblio...
Concerns and criticisms


Easier to ‘game’ altmetrics?
◦ Intentional and unintentional



Unfamiliarity with the metrics...
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  1. 1. What the heck are altmetrics? STS Hot Topics Saturday, January 25, 2014 Rachel Borchardt American University borchard@american.edu
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. Examples of altmetrics  Article altmetrics ◦ Downloads / page views from publisher  Presentation metrics ◦ Views, downloads, favorites from SlideShare (more on this later!)
  7. 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. 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. 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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