Posted by: bluesyemre | January 29, 2013

Altmetrics as a discovery tool

  • Altmetrics is all the rage these days in the scientometrics world. One rationale for developing these metrics has been to quantify the entire range of academic output beyond publications to include everything from datasets and code to presentations. The idea is that these metrics would one day be used in tenure committees (and tenure track applications?) to get a more complete picture of a researcher’s contributions. As much as I love the idea (since I do so much more than write papers) and the people behind these efforts, I honestly don’t think these metrics will have any impact on folks currently in the academic trenches (pre-tenure faculty and postdocs on the job market). But I’d love to be proven wrong here.

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