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Altmetrics: the movement, the
tools, and the implications
Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS
Andrea Horne Denton, MILS
Claude Moore...
Defining altmetrics
• J. Priem (@jasonpriem), I like the term
#articlelevelmetrics, but it fails to imply
*diversity* of m...
Awareness,
not
promotion!
Why should you care?
Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092417
Before altmetrics…
• Traditional products and measures of
academic success
– Publications
– Conference presentations/poste...
From metrics to altmetrics
Measures
Traditional
Research
Products
Traditional
- Article
- Chapter
- Books
Times Cited
Impa...
From metrics to altmetrics
Measures
Traditional New
Research
Products
Traditional
- Article
- Chapter
- Books
Times Cited
...
From metrics to altmetrics
Measures
Traditional New
Research
Products
Traditional
- Article
- Chapter
- Books
Times Cited
...
What other additional scholarly
contributions can you think of?
• Blogs
• Invited Interviews
• Twitter
• Facebook
• Reddit
To recap: why the shift?
• Academic work online
– Articles - measured by page views, downloads, etc?
– Academic work disse...
Other forces?
• Additional scholarly contributions:
– Data sets
– Patents
– Software
– Copyrights
NSF “Publications” broad...
How does “altmeasuring” work?
• Altmetrics are measured, just as are more
traditional metrics, such as published articles
...
Examples of new measurements
• Downloads and page views
• Track-backs
• Tweets and retweets
• Links from review services (...
Tools
Old-ish tools
• Google Analytics
• Bit.ly
• Spring Metrics (websites)
Emerging Tools
• ImpactStory
• Altmetric.com
• PlumX
ImpactStory
• Your impact profile on the web: we reveal the
diverse impacts of your articles, datasets,
software, and more...
Sample ImpactStory Profile
Profile Details
Profile Details
Altmetric.com
• London-based start-up
• Funding from Digital Science (LabGuru, FigShare)
Altmetric’s widget (“donut”)
• Used by publishers/journals
• Nature Publishing, Cell Press
• Royal Society of Chemistry as...
Altmetric Explorer
• Subscription product – monitor, search and
measure conversations about your
publications and those of...
Nature Neuroscience
Nature Neuroscience
Nature Neuroscience
RSC and Altmetric
RSC and Altmetric
Altmetric Bookmarklet
• Free
• Reading a paper and want to find out
its Altmetric details? Install the
bookmarklet in your...
Altmetric Bookmarklet
Altmetric Bookmarklet
Plum Analytics
• PlumX analysis tool
• Bought by EBSCO, a provider of library
subscription databases and journals
Plum Analytics
• Plum Metrics
– Usage (downloads, views, ILL)
– Captures (favorites, bookmarks)
– Mentions (blog posts, ne...
PlumX: the basics
• Analysis tool aimed at helping institutions
understand influence of researchers’ work
through altmetri...
PlumX
Metrics Preview in Search Results
PlumX Author Profiles
Artifact View
However…
The Debate…
• Impact vs. attention
• David C.’s Improbable Science… “Why you
should ignore altmetrics and other
bibliometr...
The Debate…
• Does social media help promote good
science? Or not? (e.g. anti-vaccine)
Positives & Negatives
• Positives
– Speed of feedback
– More complete picture of scholarly activities
• Negatives
– Not co...
Altmetrics: worth pursuing?
If you’re interested…
• Some next steps:
–Investigate use of measurement tools
–Set up social media profiles and lurk
–Exp...
See our LibGuide for further resources
http://guides.hsl.virginia.edu/hsl-altmetrics
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  1. 1. Altmetrics: the movement, the tools, and the implications Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS Andrea Horne Denton, MILS Claude Moore Health Sciences Library University of Virginia Health System April 16, 2014 Creative Commons license: CC BY-NC-SA
  2. 2. Defining altmetrics • J. Priem (@jasonpriem), I like the term #articlelevelmetrics, but it fails to imply *diversity* of measures. Lately, I'm liking #altmetrics., 4:28 AM - 29 Sep 10, Tweet • “…the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship.” – http://altmetrics.org/about/
  3. 3. Awareness, not promotion!
  4. 4. Why should you care? Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092417
  5. 5. Before altmetrics… • Traditional products and measures of academic success – Publications – Conference presentations/posters – Committee work – Number of times your work was cited – Impact Factor and journal rank – H-index
  6. 6. From metrics to altmetrics Measures Traditional Research Products Traditional - Article - Chapter - Books Times Cited Impact Factor + Rank H-index
  7. 7. From metrics to altmetrics Measures Traditional New Research Products Traditional - Article - Chapter - Books Times Cited Impact Factor + Rank H-index Page Views Downloads
  8. 8. From metrics to altmetrics Measures Traditional New Research Products Traditional - Article - Chapter - Books Times Cited Impact Factor + Rank H-index Page Views New - Datasets - Blog post - Others None Downloads
  9. 9. What other additional scholarly contributions can you think of? • Blogs • Invited Interviews • Twitter • Facebook • Reddit
  10. 10. To recap: why the shift? • Academic work online – Articles - measured by page views, downloads, etc? – Academic work disseminated online, e.g. Figshare, SlideShare, etc. • Academic engagement on social platforms – i.e., serious discussion taking place on Twitter & Facebook In a nutshell, academics are engaging in non-traditional arenas and rightfully want credit for that engagement.
  11. 11. Other forces? • Additional scholarly contributions: – Data sets – Patents – Software – Copyrights NSF “Publications” broadened to “Products of Research” As of Jan 2013 “citable and accessible including but not limited to publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights."
  12. 12. How does “altmeasuring” work? • Altmetrics are measured, just as are more traditional metrics, such as published articles • New products require new measurements
  13. 13. Examples of new measurements • Downloads and page views • Track-backs • Tweets and retweets • Links from review services (e.g. Facultyof1000) • Sharing, social bookmarking
  14. 14. Tools
  15. 15. Old-ish tools • Google Analytics • Bit.ly • Spring Metrics (websites)
  16. 16. Emerging Tools • ImpactStory • Altmetric.com • PlumX
  17. 17. ImpactStory • Your impact profile on the web: we reveal the diverse impacts of your articles, datasets, software, and more • Jason Priem and Heather Piwowar • Free
  18. 18. Sample ImpactStory Profile
  19. 19. Profile Details
  20. 20. Profile Details
  21. 21. Altmetric.com • London-based start-up • Funding from Digital Science (LabGuru, FigShare)
  22. 22. Altmetric’s widget (“donut”) • Used by publishers/journals • Nature Publishing, Cell Press • Royal Society of Chemistry as of Sept 2013 • BMJ specialty journals as of Oct 2013 • Springer • Etc • Etc
  23. 23. Altmetric Explorer • Subscription product – monitor, search and measure conversations about your publications and those of your competitors £45 a month
  24. 24. Nature Neuroscience
  25. 25. Nature Neuroscience
  26. 26. Nature Neuroscience
  27. 27. RSC and Altmetric
  28. 28. RSC and Altmetric
  29. 29. Altmetric Bookmarklet • Free • Reading a paper and want to find out its Altmetric details? Install the bookmarklet in your browser • When viewing the paper, “Altmetric it”
  30. 30. Altmetric Bookmarklet
  31. 31. Altmetric Bookmarklet
  32. 32. Plum Analytics • PlumX analysis tool • Bought by EBSCO, a provider of library subscription databases and journals
  33. 33. Plum Analytics • Plum Metrics – Usage (downloads, views, ILL) – Captures (favorites, bookmarks) – Mentions (blog posts, news, Wikipedia) – Social media (tweets, likes) – Citations (PubMed, Scopus, patents)
  34. 34. PlumX: the basics • Analysis tool aimed at helping institutions understand influence of researchers’ work through altmetrics • Compiles institutional repository data with other data sources • Works with customers to add initial data in bulk- individuals then claim info (can use ORCID ID) • Pitt PlumX “dashboard” https://plu.mx/pitt/g/ • Michael Pinsky, MD https://plu.mx/u/mpinsky
  35. 35. PlumX
  36. 36. Metrics Preview in Search Results
  37. 37. PlumX Author Profiles
  38. 38. Artifact View
  39. 39. However…
  40. 40. The Debate… • Impact vs. attention • David C.’s Improbable Science… “Why you should ignore altmetrics and other bibliometric nightmares” http://www.dcscience.net/?p=6369 • Popular topics get higher counts, quickly, but then fade? How does this reflect quality?
  41. 41. The Debate… • Does social media help promote good science? Or not? (e.g. anti-vaccine)
  42. 42. Positives & Negatives • Positives – Speed of feedback – More complete picture of scholarly activities • Negatives – Not commonly recognized by scholars/administrators – Can be “gamed”
  43. 43. Altmetrics: worth pursuing?
  44. 44. If you’re interested… • Some next steps: –Investigate use of measurement tools –Set up social media profiles and lurk –Experiment with low-commitment activities
  45. 45. See our LibGuide for further resources http://guides.hsl.virginia.edu/hsl-altmetrics

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