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Altmetrics: the movement, the tools, and the implications Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS Andrea H. Denton, MILS January 27, 2015

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  • Altmetrics: the movement, the tools, and the implications

    Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS Andrea H. Denton, MILS

    January 27, 2015

  • Defining altmetrics J. Priem (@jasonpriem), I like the term

    #articlelevelmetrics, but it fails to imply *diversity* of measures. Lately, Im 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/

  • 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/posters

    Committee work

    Number of times your work was cited

    Impact Factor and journal rank

    H-index

  • From metrics to altmetrics

    Measures

    Traditional

    Research Products

    Trad

    itio

    nal

    - Article - Chapter - Books

    Times Cited Impact Factor + Rank

    H-index

  • From metrics to altmetrics

    Measures

    Traditional New

    Research Products

    Trad

    itio

    nal

    - Article - Chapter - Books

    Times Cited Impact Factor +

    Rank H-index

    Page Views Downloads

  • The definition of scholarly output is changing

    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."

  • From metrics to altmetrics

    Measures

    Traditional New

    Research Products

    Tr

    adit

    ion

    al

    - Article - Chapter - Books

    Times Cited Impact Factor +

    Rank H-index

    Page Views

    N

    ew

    - Datasets - Blog post - More

    None

    Downloads

    Reblogs

  • Examples of additional scholarly output/professional contributions

    Blogs

    Invited Interviews

    Twitter

    Facebook

    Reddit

    Datasets

    Patents

    Software

    Copyrights

  • More examples of altmeasuring

    Downloads and page views

    Track-backs

    Tweets and retweets

    Links from review services (e.g. Facultyof1000)

    Sharing, social bookmarking

  • Other forces at work

    Increasing requirements for open data

    Foundation funding (e.g. Gates)

    Government funding

    Big data

    Predatory publishing

  • Tools

  • Journal-level tools

    Each publisher does it a slightly different way

  • BMC Medicine

  • Wiley

  • Circulation (AHA via Highwire)

  • BMC Neuroscience via SpringerLink

  • Early tools for non-traditional products

    Measured web views and downloads

    Google Analytics

    Bit.ly

    Spring Metrics

  • Leading tools for altmetrics

    Evolved to address non-traditional scholarship as well as traditional outputs

    ImpactStory

    Altmetric.com

    PlumX

  • Impactstory

    Impactstory is a place to learn and share all the ways your research is making a difference

    Jason Priem and Heather Piwowar

    Free for 30 days, then $60 a year.

  • Sample Impactstory Profile

  • Profile Metrics

  • Article Details

  • Altmetric.com

    London-based start-up

    Funding from Digital Science (LabGuru, FigShare)

  • Altmetrics widget (donut)

    Used by publishers/journals

    Nature Publishing, Cell Press

    Springer

    BioMed Central

    BMJ Specialty journals

  • Nature Neuroscience

  • Nature Neuroscience

  • Nature Neuroscience

  • Altmetric Explorer

    Subscription product monitor, search and measure conversations about your publications and those of your competitors

    Pricing options

  • 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

  • Altmetric Bookmarklet

  • Altmetric Bookmarklet

  • Plum Analytics

    Gathers metrics (altmetrics) about research from more than thirty sources including PLOS, PubMed and YouTube, and categorizes them

    PlumX is an institutional impact dashboard that provides information on how research output is being utilized, interacted with, and talked about around the world.

  • Plum Analytics

    PlumX Metric Categories

    Usage (downloads, views, ILL)

    Captures (favorites, bookmarks)

    Mentions (blog posts, news, Wikipedia)

    Social Media (tweets, likes)

    Citations (PubMed, Scopus, patents)

  • PlumX in Action

    Pitt PlumX dashboard https://plu.mx/pitt/g/

    Michael Pinsky, MD https://plu.mx/u/mpinsky

  • PlumX

  • PlumX Author Profile

  • Article View

  • However

  • Standards arent fully defined

    Definitions, calculations, etc.

    NISO effort

    Are altmetrics important for discovery? For evaluation? Both?

    Issues

  • Issues

    Impact vs. attention

    David C.s Improbable Science Why you should ignore altmetrics and other bibliometric nightmares

    http://www.dcscience.net/?p=6369

    Popularity

    Popular topics get higher counts, quickly, but then fade. How does this reflect quality?

  • Issues

    Does social media help promote good science? Or not? (e.g. anti-vaccine)

  • Altmetrics: worth pursuing? If you think yes

  • What you can do now

    Check what measurements/metrics are available for your articles

    Consider deposit of your other products of research

  • What you can do now

    Investigate use of free measurement tools (Altmetric bookmarklet, ImpactStory profile)

    Set up social media profiles and lurk

    Experiment with low-commitment activities

  • Example

    Choose a journal/database

    Find one of your articles

    Check the altmetrics

    Go to Twitter

    Search for your discipline/area of research

    See what information has been shared/who is sharing it

  • Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS [email protected]

    Andrea H. Denton, MLIS

    [email protected]

    Questions?