Arlg altmetrics indiscovery-kathysadler


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Presentation from Referencing Reboot: Tools, Tech and Twinkle on 4 June 2014 (English Faculty, University of Cambridge).
Kathy works at the University of Cranfield.

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  • Wordle image: by A J Cann,
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    Donut image:
  • Researchers probably want recent articles. These may not have many citations because of the speed the publishing wheel turns. They will only get citations when someone writes and publishes an article citing it. But if someone mentions it in their blog, and (even better) provides links to it, then that is immediate.
  • Image source: Altmetric website
  • Different colours on the donut indicate different media usage. Blue is twitter.
  • This has a higher score than 3 because it’s been blogged not tweeted. Blogs count higher.
  • Eg. Search WATER, restrict to academic publications, pick the first one
  • “Find out more here” goes to the Altmetric help page.
    “Here’s an example” leads to another item in EDS which does have a decent looking score.
  • EDS does de-duplicate, but the metadata here looks different so EDS can’t tell it’s the same thing.
    They have different citation numbers (45 in Scopus, 61 in Web of Science)
  • The caveats on Altmetrics are stated by Altmetric themselves.
  • Image source: Altmetric website
  • QMU: Searched WATER and picked the first thing
    Warwick: Searched for MOOD INSTABILITY and picked the second thing
    Wageningen: Search for FOOD SUPPLY in “global search”

    Wageningen UR -= University and Research.
  • Wageningen UR -= University and Research.
  • We are halfway between Oxford and Cambridge!
  • Arlg altmetrics indiscovery-kathysadler

    1. 1. Citations and Donuts : Altmetrics in discovery Kathy Sadler, Systems Librarian Cranfield University Wordle: Rebooting Referencing: Tools, Tech and Twinkle CILIP ARLG Eastern, Cambridge University, 4th June 2014
    2. 2. It’s all about impact. • We want to help our researchers to find the best articles • Our researchers want to know if their publications are being used • Our institutions care about impact for the REF
    3. 3. Measuring impact Traditional metrics for academic impact • Journal Impact Factor • Citation counts …which are slow to accumulate. Alternative metrics for impact on society and the online community • Press coverage • Reference managers • Pageviews, downloads • Blogs, commentary • Social media reach: shares, likes, tweets …quicker, more timely
    4. 4. There are lots of altmetrics initiatives and companies. A couple of examples: Some altmetrics players “Tell the story of your research impact”. Researchers need an ORCID. Free, open source. Useful blog. Commercial product for libraries, recently acquired by EBSCO. Measures influence via usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations.
    5. 5. • Aggregates usage, captures, mentions, etc • Calculates an item’s “score” • Publishes free embed codes and tools to allow libraries, researchers (in fact anyone) see an item’s Altmetric score attractively visualised in an eyecatching colour coded “donut” At Cranfield University we have embedded an Altmetric widget into our discovery service, EBSCO Discovery, to show the donut.
    6. 6. It has proved popular. Image: Mmmm… …donuts!
    7. 7. Altmetrics in EBSCO Discovery SearchPoint, our EDS instance (login required)
    8. 8. Altmetrics in EBSCO Discovery Scroll down…
    9. 9. Altmetrics in EBSCO Discovery Widget below the item details This item has 1 tweet. Click for more details…
    10. 10. Altmetrics in EBSCO Discovery The tweet can be read in an iFrame
    11. 11. Here’s another one This item has 3 blog mentions. Right-click > View in new tab
    12. 12. Links to the blogs themselves
    13. 13. When Altmetric has no score
    14. 14. When there’s no Altmetric at all The link goes to another article that does have an Altmetric score.
    15. 15. Linked example of Altmetric
    16. 16. Viewing the details Tabs across the top to explore the altmetric components
    17. 17. Unpacking the score
    18. 18. Demographics: who’s involved?
    19. 19. Technical niggles Expect “no show”s • Not everything has a DOI • Not everything with a DOI has an Altmetric score • The widget shows on every item in our EDS but it isn’t really relevant for something like a book from the library collection. • Altmetrics are more likely to accumulate for recent things with online coverage and attention so older items will score lower if at all
    20. 20. Imperfect de-duplication These two are the same article from Nature, harvested 2 different ways No altmetric at all!
    21. 21. A little caution Altmetrics are relatively new and their credentials still being established • Popularity and quality are not the same thing. Altmetrics can’t report: – Quality of content – Quality of people using the content • Ambiguity of actions being counted: – Viewing or downloading doesn’t mean actually using or appreciating – People might tweet something because it is really bad! Altmetrics aren’t an alternative to using citations… but rather an alternative to using ONLY citations. See: Cat Chimes, Altmetrics: Where are we and where are we going? accessed 3/6/2014
    22. 22. But hey, it’s pretty, right?
    23. 23. EBSCO Discovery • Detailed Record widget in the EDS wiki Or I am happy to share my code - ask me at the end! Ex Libris Primo • Code extension in EL Commons ProQuest Summon • …er, not sure; but Altmetric publish plenty of embed codes Getting Altmetrics into discovery
    24. 24. Other ways to harness Altmetrics #1 Institutional repository examples • Queen Margaret University (Altmetric donut) • University of Warwick (Altmetric lozenge) • University of Pittsburgh (Plum Analytics) • Wageningen UR, Netherlands (Altmetric lozenge in Primo)
    25. 25. Other ways to harness Altmetrics #2 Free Altmetric bookmarklet For Chrome, Firefox, Safari (But I have IE and it worked OK) Screenshot:
    26. 26. Thank you! Kathy Sadler Systems Librarian +44 (0)1234 754444 Any questions?
    27. 27. Sources • The Altmetrics manifesto (source of the wordle used in the opening slide) accessed 3/6/2014 • Altmetrics: What is it and how is it relevant to librarians? Presentation by Clarke Iakovakis and R Mirza, University of Texas at Arlington, December 2013 accessed 3/6/2014 • Altmetrics: A librarian’s outlook on potential applications Library Connect blog on Elsevier by Jenny Delasalle , May 2014 accessed 3/6/2014 • Altmetrics, another view on impact. Presentation by Wouter Gerritsma, Information Specialist at Wageningen UR Library, Netherlands, April 2014 accessed 3/6/2014 • Altmetrics: Where are we and where are we going? Presentation by Cat Chimes of, at #Futurepub3, 20th May 2014 accessed 29/5/2014 • Introduction to Altmetrics Presentation by Peter Kraker, Know-Center, Austria, Dec 2013 accessed 3/6/2014 • Introduction to Altmetrics for STEM librarians Presentation by Linda Galloway, Janet Pease, Anne Rauh, June 2013 accessed 2/6/2014 • Overview of the Altmetrics Landscape Presentation by Richard Cave of PLOS, November 2012 accessed 29/05/2014