Altmetrics at Altitude: Attaining Higher Ground

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This is a presentation about altmetrics given at the RMSLA Fall meeting of 2014.


  • 1. Altmetrics at Altitude: Attaining Higher Ground Joseph Kraus University of Denver For the RMSLA Membership meeting, October 29, 2014
  • 2. I am going to put this online at URL, so you dont have to take prodigious notes. Anyone want to be the Google Jockey? Note:
  • 3. Today, we are going to cover: What, who, when, where, why, and how Altmetrics
  • 4. What the heck is it? Altmetrics What?
  • 5. Article-Level Metrics Artifact-Level Metrics Other terms
  • 6. Jason Priem, Heather Piwowar, Stacy Konkiel (ImpactStory) Martin Fenner (PLOS) William Gunn (Mendeley) Euan Adie (Altmetric) Andrea Michalek and Mike Buschman (Plum Analytics) Altmetrics Who?
  • 7. scholarship
  • 8. Other interested parties NISO Publishers Librarians/Information Professionals Readers Policy makers Altmetrics Who?
  • 9. Right now and into the future. Altmetrics When?
  • 10. Any place where people care about metrics Such as administrators. Are there any who do not? San Francisco - Mention DORA Altmetrics Where?
  • 11. Because Reasons! Altmetrics Why?
  • 12. Concerning social media, there is a danger that this form of com- munication is gaining too high a value and that we are losing sight of key metrics of scientific value, such as citation indices. Altmetrics Why?
  • 13. Let's laugh at those silly scientists doing social media outreach when they should be writing papers! The K-index trivialises those of us who work hard to communicate science with the public. Altmetrics Why?
  • 14. Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to 'keep churning out papers' Altmetrics Why?
  • 15. Publish or perish culture Where (and how often) one publishes should not be the main concern Evaluate the quality of the work Some organizations have vowed to say that the journal name is not under consideration Altmetrics Why?
  • 16. Broader Impacts Review Criterion Broaden dissemination to enhance scientific and technological understanding, for example, by presenting results of research and education projects in formats useful to students, scientists and engineers, members of Congress, teachers, and the general public. Altmetrics Why?
  • 17. ImpactStory Plum Analytics Pitt Altmetric For Institutions Bookmarklet Altmetrics How?
  • 18. From the publisher Altmetrics How?
  • 19. Who said or wrote: Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. Pop Quiz
  • 20. Questions?
  • 21. For further reading
  • 22. Library Journal article on Plum by Bonnie Swoger altmetrics Follow #altmetrics on Twitter More further reading
  • 23. Found some in Google Images, labeled for reuse with modification or Flickr with 2 different CC licenses Raised hands FourthGraders.jpg via Image credits
  • 24. Human pyramid CC-BY-SA. Elevator CC-BY 2.0 Image credits