Posted by: bluesyemre | March 30, 2012

Altmetrics – Alternative Metrics for Articles

  • Altmetrics are metrics that attempt to capture the impact of scholarly publications as reflected in non-traditional media, – social media like blogs, Twitter, and Mendeley.   Traditional works of published scholarship (articles, journals, and scholarly monographs) have citation metrics such as impact factors that reflect their impact in specific, carefully defined venues – the number of times cited by other published articles, for example.   Increasingly, however, published works of scholarship are causing ripples in social media, – scholarly blogs, Twitter and the like, – that can be tracked and quantified:  altmetrics.     Moreover, altmetrics can be applied to non-traditional works of scholarship as well as traditional, – datasets in repositories, software, or slidesets and other curricular materials.

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