Subject Area: Arts and Humanities. Subject Category: History.
Region: Northern America. Year: 2013.
Altmetrics gives us metrics based on social activity and engagement with scholarly outputs. Or, as Heather says, “gives us the ability to look over someone’s shoulder” and collect that data. We can gather evidence of attention and engagement with scholarly outputs through a variety of online sources, which can then be collected and summarized in tools.
Different categories of altmetrics that are being pulled from a variety of available sources. Examples: Altmetric and PlumX. Right now, at the stage where we can sort and classify categories, but we don’t preferentiate between categories or sources. “Altmetrics 1.0”
Altmetrics can be pulled together at author level and provide contextualization. Example: ImpactStory.
Controversies - gamification and other cheetahs. :) Like the cheetah mom, the ability to efficiently gather together metrics for a production still needs work.
What’s being done now? What altmetrics can give us is a fuller “spectrum of impact” or “spectrum of attention”. Studies are now beginning to draw correlations between different metrics, including citations. But it can’t always tell you why an article is getting attention, or accurately represent all disciplines, similar to bibliometrics.
As librarians, we need to be comfortable standing on our soap box (after checking for kittens) to advocate on behalf of our users..
Beyond Bibliometrics: Libraries, Academia and the Future of Scholarly Impact.
Libraries, Impact, & Academia
Robin Chin Roemer & Rachel Borchardt
Priem, J., Piwowar, H. A., & Hemminger, B. M. (2012). Altmetrics in the wild:
Using social media to explore scholarly impact. arXiv preprint