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Altmetrics & Academic Social Media: Intro to Altmetrics Tools & Apps

Altmetrics Defined

altmetrics is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship.

 

According to Priem et al,

This matters because expressions of scholarship are becoming more diverse.

Articles are increasingly joined by:

• The sharing of “raw science” like datasets, code, and experimental designs

• Semantic publishing or “nanopublication,” where the citeable unit is an argument or passage rather than entire article.

• Widespread self-publishing via blogging, microblogging, and comments or annotations on existing work.

Altmetrics are fast, using public APIs to gather data in days or weeks and the data, scripts and algorithms that collect and interpret it are open.

Altmetrics emphasize semantic content like usernames, timestamps, and tags.

Altmetrics Tools Comparison Chart

Altmetrics Apps Features Comparison Chart:

 

Google Scholar Citations

ImpactStory

Paper Critic 

PLoS Impact Explorer

Strengths

easy to use & set up works w/Mendeley

interface

Sign in/Link with Facebook?

 

Cost

free

free

free

Different levels

Formats/Access Points

 

Mobile

yes

yes

yes

yes

Social Networking

yes

yes

yes

yes

Groups & Collaboration

yes

yes

yes

yes

RSS Feeds

yes

yes

yes

yes

 

Introduction to Altmetrics

Mike Taylor, Elsevier Researcher, gives a good overview of Almetrics: The Good, Bad and Ugly.

 

More Indepth Videos about Altmetrics and Impact

Jason Priem presenting at Purdue University, 2012

Mike Taylor, Researcher with Elsevier, speaking about Almetrics at the UKSG 2013 Conference

Columbia University "Research Without Boarders" series has a good overview of altmetrics in: Measuring Scholarly Impact: The Influence of Altmetrics. 

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