Telling a fuller story of research impact with altmetrics and ImpactStory

Jason Priem, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill
In growing numbers, the workflows of scholars are moving online. As that happens, important parts of the scientific process, once hidden, are being exposed. Conversations, arguments, recommendations, reads, bookmarks--the stuff of day-to-day science--is leaving traces in places like Mendeley, Twitter, blogs, Faculty of 1000, and many others. Mining these traces can give us faster, more diverse, and more accurate data of scholarly impact. These alternative metrics or “altmetrics” could predict later citations, reveal impacts on diverse audiences like practitioners and clinicians, uncover impacts of diverse products like datasets, blog posts, and software, and reward researchers making subtle but vital contributions that the citation record ignores. After reviewing the growing research around altmetrics, we’ll discuss how these data sources can be of practical use for researchers today, focusing on ImpactStory, an open-source web tool that gathers and contextualizes altmetrics.
February, 12 2013 | 12:30 - 2:00 | Soc/Psych 329 (McKinney Room)

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