Monday, June 24, 2013

Measuring Scholarly Impact: The Influence of 'Altmetrics'

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"Measuring Scholarly Impact: The Influence of 'Altmetrics' on a Changing Conversation" is part of the Research Without Borders speaker series at Columbia University.

"Altmetrics" refers to methods of measuring scholarly impact using Web-based social media. Why does it matter? In many academic fields, attaining scholarly prestige means publishing research articles in important scholarly journals. However, many in the academic community consider a journal's prestige, which is determined by a metric calculated using the number of citations to the journal, to be a poor proxy for the quality of the individual author's work. At the same time, hiring and promotion committees are looking for ways to determine the impact of alternate formats now commonly used by researchers such as blogs, data sets, videos, and social media.

The panelists all work with innovative new tools for assessing scholarly impact:

Jason Priem, Co-Founder, ImpactStory
Kristi Holmes, Bioinformaticist, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Caitlin Aptowicz Trasande, Head of Science Metrics, Digital Science

Visit the Scholarly Communication Program website for information on past and upcoming Research Without Borders events:

Date: November 13, 2012

Sponsors: Scholarly Communication Program

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