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One new model emerging that attempts to find new ways of showcasing impact is that of Alternative Metrics. Alternative Metrics take many forms but often focus on efforts to move beyond proprietary bibliometrics and traditional forms of peer referencing in assessing the quality and scholarly impact of published work.
A recent post in the Scholarly Kitchen blog is worth a read. Altmetrics — Replacing the Impact Factor Is Not the Only Point
Posted by Todd A Carpenter, Director at NISO on Nov 14, 2012 discusses the pros and cons of the word "alt" in the world of journal and article metrics.
“There are other important value metrics beyond the strength of a journal. This might come as a shock to some STEM publishers, who have flourished or floundered based on the performance of impact factor rankings published each June …” (Read on)
- If you would like to discuss the value of Altmetrics in your discipline please contact Jane Burpee, Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication Team, Library (firstname.lastname@example.org).