Posted by: bluesyemre | August 6, 2012

Altmetrics and the future of bibliometrics

  • Journal impact factors have become one of the most frequently used tools for post-publication filtering and evaluation. However, journal level metrics which are based primarily on traditional citation data largely ignore the new channels of dissemination that have emerged in recent times. Indeed, the routes through which new research is found and shared today are more complex than ever before; whilst the might of PubMed and Google remains steadfast, articles are now discovered and shared through other domains as well, such as social bookmarking sites, Facebook and most notably, Twitter. And all the while, the growth in the volume of research also continues apace. So if our trusty friend ‘information overload’ insists on sticking around, we need to develop the right filters to allow us to make sense of it and to help identify the research that is really making an impact.

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