Altmetrics
The 18th Nordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy 2013

Tuija Sonkkila
Irma Pasanen
Eva Tolonen
What is altmetrics?
• "Impact metrics, drawn from online sources"
• "Social activity, component re-use, scholarly commenta...
Current status
• Increased visibility on publishers' sites and at organizational
repositories
• Core producers: Impact Sto...
Some research findings
• Moderate correlations between Mendeley readers and citation
counts (eg Priem, Piwowar, Hemminger)...
Examples of visibility
Terkko Navigator, University of Helsinki Faculty of Medicine
http://bit.ly/16d28KY
Purdue Universit...
Aalto University examples
http://spark.rstudio.com/ttso/altm/
Smorgasbord for demonstrating various data
http://impactstor...
Conclusions
Focus today? (eg Strasser)
• Altmetrics as a component in the local repository
• Altmetrics in researcher prof...
Thank you!
tuija.sonkkila at aalto.fi
irma.pasanen at aalto.fi
eva.tolonen at aalto.fi

28.10.2013
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References
ALM Workshop 2013
http://article-level-metrics.plos.org/alm-workshop-2013/
Bornmann, Lutz: Is there currently a...
References, cont.
Priem, Jason (2012): Altmetrics in the Wild: Using Social Media to Explore Scholarly Impact. ArXiv
http:...
Other sources
Altmetrics group in Mendeley
http://www.mendeley.com/groups/586171/altmetrics/papers/
#altmetrics hashtag in...
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Presented at The 18th Nordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy 2013. The workshop was held October 28 and 29 at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Blog posting: https://blogs.aalto.fi/suoritin/2013/11/04/smorgasbord-of-altmetrics/

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Altmetrics

  1. 1. Altmetrics The 18th Nordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy 2013 Tuija Sonkkila Irma Pasanen Eva Tolonen
  2. 2. What is altmetrics? • "Impact metrics, drawn from online sources" • "Social activity, component re-use, scholarly commentary, scholarly activity, mass media mentions" • "Giving credit for other scholarly outputs than citations such as datasets, software, and blog posts" • "A tool of discovery" Article-level metrics (ALM) is altmetrics aggregated on article level 28.10.2013 2
  3. 3. Current status • Increased visibility on publishers' sites and at organizational repositories • Core producers: Impact Story, Altmetric, Plum Analytics, PLOS ALM o With an ID, gather data from several dozen online services o Make comparisons to other articles by percentile of a reference set from the same year (ImpactStory) and/or the same journal (Altmetric). Only PLOS makes field normalisation via its Relative Metrics (in beta) 28.10.2013 3
  4. 4. Some research findings • Moderate correlations between Mendeley readers and citation counts (eg Priem, Piwowar, Hemminger) • Correlations between Twitter and citation counts low in biomedical papers, moderately negative among astrophysicists (Haustein et al) • Postdocs and PhDs read more highly cited papers than professors do (Zahedi) • F1000 recommendations not very good in predicting citations. Correlation exists, but is weak (Waltman, Costas) • Data inconsistencies between different aggregators (Chamberlain) 28.10.2013 4
  5. 5. Examples of visibility Terkko Navigator, University of Helsinki Faculty of Medicine http://bit.ly/16d28KY Purdue University e-Pubs http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/ijpbl/vol1/iss1/3/ University of Pittsburgh http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/17829/ Nature http://bit.ly/174xfsX Carl Boettiger http://impactstory.org/CarlBoettiger 28.10.2013 5
  6. 6. Aalto University examples http://spark.rstudio.com/ttso/altm/ Smorgasbord for demonstrating various data http://impactstory.org/user51892 Collection of <300 articles at Impact Story site 28.10.2013 6
  7. 7. Conclusions Focus today? (eg Strasser) • Altmetrics as a component in the local repository • Altmetrics in researcher profiles: collect credit, pluggable to CRIS Future? (Chamberlain) • We need improved data provenance with a trail back to the source • One single impact score is appealing but does not put the impact in context 28.10.2013 7
  8. 8. Thank you! tuija.sonkkila at aalto.fi irma.pasanen at aalto.fi eva.tolonen at aalto.fi 28.10.2013 8
  9. 9. References ALM Workshop 2013 http://article-level-metrics.plos.org/alm-workshop-2013/ Bornmann, Lutz: Is there currently a scientific revolution in scientometrics? JASIST, Letter to the editor (accepted for publication) http://www.lutz-bornmann.de/icons/impactrevolution.pdf Chamberlain, Scott: Consuming Article-Level Metrics: Observations and Lessons. Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) Summer 2013 Volume 25, no. 2, pp. 4-13 http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/download.php/11303/FE_Chamberlain_Consuming_ALMs_isq_v25no2.pdf Glänzel, Wolfgang and Wouters, Paul: The dos and don'ts in individual-level bibliometrics. 14th ISSI Conference, Vienna, 15-18 July 2013 http://www.slideshare.net/paulwouters1/issi2013-wg-pw Haustein, Stefanie et al: Empirical analyses of scientific papers and researchers on Twitter: Results of two studies. ALM Workshop 2013 http://article-level-metrics.plos.org/files/2013/10/Haustein.pptx Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) Summer 2013 Volume 25, no. 2 Topic: Altmetrics http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2013/v25no2/ Michalek, Andrea: Alternative metrics in practice. ALM Workshop 2013 http://article-level-metrics.plos.org/files/2013/10/Michalek.pptx Mulvany, Ian: NISO ALM standardization workshop. Partially-attended (Blog) http://partiallyattended.com/2013/10/16/niso-alm-standardisation/ 28.10.2013 9
  10. 10. References, cont. Priem, Jason (2012): Altmetrics in the Wild: Using Social Media to Explore Scholarly Impact. ArXiv http://arxiv.org/html/1203.4745v1 Priem, Jason (2013): Scholarship, Beyond the Paper. Nature 495, 437–440 (28 March 2013) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v495/n7442/full/495437a.html Strasser, Carly: Universities can improve academic services through wider recognition of altmetrics and alt-products. Impact of Social Sciences (LSE blog) http://bit.ly/19DLsta Taylor, Mark: The many faces of altmetrics: mapping the social reach of research. ALM Workshop 2013 http://article-level-metrics.plos.org/files/2013/10/Taylor.pptx Using Impact Story (introduction for scientists) http://slidesha.re/GSgbtF Waltman, Ludo and Costas, Rodrigo: F1000 recommendations as a new data source for research evaluation: A comparison with citations http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.3875 Zahedi, Zohreh: What is the impact of the publications read by the different Mendeley users? Could they be considered as signals of future impact? ALM Workshop 2013 http://article-level-metrics.plos.org/files/2013/10/Zahedi.pptx 28.10.2013 10
  11. 11. Other sources Altmetrics group in Mendeley http://www.mendeley.com/groups/586171/altmetrics/papers/ #altmetrics hashtag in Twitter PLOS Relative Metrics example http://www.plosbiology.org/article/metrics/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.1000550;jsessionid=1699A1721267AE3 39795A5746FCB83FC Twitter discussion thread on the scope of Altmetrics vs Article-level metrics https://twitter.com/McDawg/status/366220670167814146 Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altmetrics 28.10.2013 11

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