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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: History and the Impact Agenda

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A Talk on Humanities and Altmetrics at Altmetricon, London, 9 September 2015

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: History and the Impact Agenda

  1. 1. Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: History and the Impact Agenda M. H. Beals Loughborough University @mhbeals (ORCID: 0000-0002-2907-3313) Slides Released Under The CC-BY 4.0 Licence SLIDES ABOUT ME
  2. 2. Prefatory Note
  3. 3. “Write a Nice Controversial Article. That’ll Give Your Career a Jump Start” (good advice, but…) Impact:
  4. 4. Most Historian Define Impact As: • A Museum Partnership • News and News Commentary Opportunities • Documentary and Entertainment Television • Online Exhibits and Outreach • Schools and Heritage Sector • Policy Consultancy • Popular Books
  5. 5. “A New and Exciting Way of Measuring Research Impact beyond Raw Citation Counts” Altmetrics:
  6. 6. “So…You Went on Twitter then?” Altmetrics:
  7. 7. History Altmetrics • Are Far (far) Lower than STEM Articles • Survey a Limited Range of Platforms • Do not Register Traditional Impact Connections • Under-represent the role of the (hard-copy) monograph • Over-represent Author and Editor Involvement
  8. 8. Gaming the System?
  9. 9. Good Impact is Purposeful • Purposeful Citation • Directed Word-of-Mouth • Curation and Dissemination Help us Help you Help us Share our Research
  10. 10. References, Mentions and Allusions • Intra-Academic Allusions • Newspaper, Magazine and Television Appearances • Heritage and Public History Impact • Wikipedia Citations Qualitative Differentiation and Critical Theory
  11. 11. Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: History and the Impact Agenda M. H. Beals Loughborough University @mhbeals (ORCID: 0000-0002-2907-3313) Slides Released Under The CC-BY 4.0 Licence SLIDES ABOUT ME

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