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Altmetrics: What Good are They to
Academic Libraries?
Sarah W. Sutton
Kanas Library Association – College & University Lib...
 Transitions in scholarly communications
 What are altmetrics?
 Advantages and disadvantages
 Uses in academic librari...
Transitions in scholarly communication
 Alternative metrics
 Article-level
 Alterative to Journal Impact Factor, H-Index
 Proxy for importance? Impact? Atten...
Journal Impact Factor (JIF):
2008 2-year journal impact factor =
the number of times the articles
published in a journal i...
 Publishers:
 Wiley
 Nature
 PLoS
 Frontiers
 Biomed Central
 Springer
 Elsevier
Where can I get them?
 Aggregators
 PLoS
 ImpactStory
 Altmetric
 PlumAnalytics
 ResearchGate
 CitedIn
 ScienceCard
 ReaderMeter
 Pape...
Where can I get them?
Advantages
 New insights in impact
 Based on open data
 Speed
 Diversity of sources
Advantages & Disadvantages
Disadvantages
 Too many variations; uncontrolled
 “Gaming”
 Bias
 Establishing standards
Advantages & Disadvantages
 Big data
 Research impact
 Collection development
 Marketing
 Return on investment (ROI)
 Grants & funding
 Ebooks...
…more research is needed
 One size fits all?
 Triangulation
 Bridging the gap
 Establishing standards
A word of cautio...
Questions? Comments?
Sarah W. Sutton, Ph.D.
School of Library and Information Management
Emporia State University
ssutton3...
Adie, E., & Roe, W. (2013). Altmetric: Enriching scholarly content with article-level discussion
and metrics. Learned Publ...
Galligan, F., & Dyas-Correia, S. (2013). Altmetrics: Rethinking the way we measure. Serials
Review, 39(1), 56–61.
Luther, ...
Plum Analytics. (2014). Retrieved May 4, 2014, from http://www.plumanalytics.com/
Priem, J., & Costello, K. L. (2010). How...
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  1. 1. Altmetrics: What Good are They to Academic Libraries? Sarah W. Sutton Kanas Library Association – College & University Libraries Section Spring Conference 2014 Emporia State University May 21, 2014
  2. 2.  Transitions in scholarly communications  What are altmetrics?  Advantages and disadvantages  Uses in academic libraries Objectives
  3. 3. Transitions in scholarly communication
  4. 4.  Alternative metrics  Article-level  Alterative to Journal Impact Factor, H-Index  Proxy for importance? Impact? Attention?  Measure of quality? What are altmetrics?
  5. 5. Journal Impact Factor (JIF): 2008 2-year journal impact factor = the number of times the articles published in a journal in 2006 and 2007, were cited by journal articles during 2008 -- Divided by – the total number of "citable items" published by that journal in 2006 and 2007 What are altmetrics? H-Index:
  6. 6.  Publishers:  Wiley  Nature  PLoS  Frontiers  Biomed Central  Springer  Elsevier Where can I get them?
  7. 7.  Aggregators  PLoS  ImpactStory  Altmetric  PlumAnalytics  ResearchGate  CitedIn  ScienceCard  ReaderMeter  PaperCritic Where can I get them?
  8. 8. Where can I get them?
  9. 9. Advantages  New insights in impact  Based on open data  Speed  Diversity of sources Advantages & Disadvantages
  10. 10. Disadvantages  Too many variations; uncontrolled  “Gaming”  Bias  Establishing standards Advantages & Disadvantages
  11. 11.  Big data  Research impact  Collection development  Marketing  Return on investment (ROI)  Grants & funding  Ebooks  Open Access Use in academic libraries
  12. 12. …more research is needed  One size fits all?  Triangulation  Bridging the gap  Establishing standards A word of caution…
  13. 13. Questions? Comments? Sarah W. Sutton, Ph.D. School of Library and Information Management Emporia State University ssutton3@emporia.edu Slides:
  14. 14. Adie, E., & Roe, W. (2013). Altmetric: Enriching scholarly content with article-level discussion and metrics. Learned Publishing, 26(1), 11–17. Article-Level Metrics: An ill-conceived and meretricious Idea. (2013). Scholarly Open Access. Retrieved from http://scholarlyoa.com/2013/08/01/article-level-metrics/ Chamberlain, S. (2013). Consuming article-level metrics: Observations and lessons. Information Standards Quarterly, 25(2), 4. doi:10.3789/isqv25no2.2013.02 Crotty, D. (2014). Altmetrics: Mistaking the means for the end. The Scholarly Kitchen. Retrieved from http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2014/05/01/altmetrics-mistaking-the- means-for-the-end/ Ebsco Information Sevices. (2014). PlumTM Analytics Becomes Part of EBSCO Information Services. Retrieved May 20, 2014, from http://www.ebscohost.com/newsroom/stories/plum-analytics-becomes-part-of-ebsco- information-services Bibliography
  15. 15. Galligan, F., & Dyas-Correia, S. (2013). Altmetrics: Rethinking the way we measure. Serials Review, 39(1), 56–61. Luther, J. (2014). Altmetrics boosted by EBSCO’s acquisition of Plum Analytics. The Scholarly Kitchen. Retrieved from http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2014/02/05/altmetrics-boosted- by-ebscos-acquisitions-of-plum-analytics/ Konkiel, S. (2013). Altmetrics: A 21st-century solution to determining research quality. (Online Searcher, 37(4), 11–15. Liu, J., & Adie, E. (2013). Five challenges in altmetrics: A toolmaker’s perspective. Bulletin of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 39(4), 31–34. NISO. (2014). NISO Alternative Assessment Metrics (Altmetrics) Project. NISO. Retrieved from http://www.niso.org/topics/tl/altmetrics_initiative/ Piwowar, H., 2. (2013). Introduction altmetrics: What, why and where? Bulletin of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 39(4), 8–9. References
  16. 16. Plum Analytics. (2014). Retrieved May 4, 2014, from http://www.plumanalytics.com/ Priem, J., & Costello, K. L. (2010). How and why scholars cite on Twitter. Retrieved from https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15J41q9EzK3CiMMoIPKY545ACndORpa6Wtj75v1Yj rzQ/edit#slide=id.i0 Priem, J., Taraborelli, D., Groth, P., & Neylon, C. (2010). Altmetrics: A manifesto. Retrieved from http://altmetrics.org/manifesto/ Project COUNTER Code of Practice for Electronic Resources: Release 4. (2012). Project COUNTER. Retrieved from http://www.projectcounter.org/r4/COPR4.pdf ResearchGate. (2014). Retrieved May 9, 2014, from http://www.researchgate.net/ San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. (2014, April 15). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://am.ascb.org/dora/files/sfdeclarationfinal.pdf Thomson Reuters Statement Regarding the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - Research Analytics - Thomson Reuters. (n.d.). Retrieved May 4, 2014, from http://researchanalytics.thomsonreuters.com/statement_re_sfdra/ References

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