Webinar: Telling a fuller story of research impact with altmetrics and ImpactStory

Date: February 20, 2013
Time: 11 am Eastern time (US)

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 and publishers today, focusing on ImpactStory, an open-source web tool that gathers and contextualizes altmetrics.


Jason Priem is a Ph.D. candidate in Information and Library Science
School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill. In the belief that scholarly research and publication just beginning to experience the transformative power of the web, he is interested in both pushing this revolution forward, and in studying it as it happens. He is investigating altmetrics, a term that he originated, measuring scholarly impact over the social web instead of through traditional citation, and is also interested in new publishing practices like scholarly tweetingoverlay journalsalternative peer review forms, and open access. For more information, see http://jasonpriem.org/.

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