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BioMed Central and Altmetrics

November 4th, 2013 by Mary Wood


BioMed Central has added Altmetric scores to the articles tab on the institutional Membership page.

Altmetric tracks how many times the article is mentioned in social media sites, blogs and news sources to measure community interest in the publication. The Altmetric score increases as more people mention an article.  Altmetrics illustrate how the research is reviewed and disseminated across the web.

Consideration of altmetrics and alt-products

October 21st, 2013 by Mary Wood


An interesting blog post last week by Carly Strasser, CDL, appeared on the London School of Economics and Political Science Blog

Universities can improve academic services through wider recognition of altmetrics and alt-products

Dr. Strasser provides an overview of altmetrics and how universities might begin to incorporate altmetrics into their own services.

“…A movement is descending upon academia that will change the way we consider research outputs and researcher impact. Like any good movement, there is still much debate about what altmetrics means, and how it relates to “article-level metrics” (ALMs)…”


Open Access Week Kick-Off Event at the World Bank: Redefining Impact

October 16th, 2013 by Amy Studer

Open Access Week 2013 Kick Off Event at the World Bank:

Redefining Impact – Webcast

Monday, October 21, 2013
video recording now available

Program details:

Sponsored by SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank.

The presentation will be about Article Level Metrics (ALM’s) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured.

Speakers include:

  • *Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC.
  • *Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • *Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • *Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • *Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science
  • *Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

The kickoff event will take place at the World Bank. A LiveBlog and webcast of the panel discussion and ceremony will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

Following a panel discussion, winners of the new Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) will be announced. The ASAP Program recognizes those who have built upon Open Access scientific research for new innovations shaping our society.

The World Bank was named a SPARC Innovator for implementation of a new open access policy.  It launched the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) in 2012 and opened its data to the public in 2010.

For more information about Open Access Week, see the OA @ UC Davis guide.

Altmetrics: theme of ISQ summer issue

August 1st, 2013 by Mary Wood

Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ)
Summer 2013 Volume 25, no. 2

Topic: Altmetrics


Table of Contents (selected)

Consuming Article-Level Metrics: Observations and Lessons
by Scott Chamberlain

Institutional Altmetrics and Academic Libraries
by Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt

Altmetrics in Evolution: Defining & Redefining the Ontology of Article-Level Metrics
by Jennifer Lin and Martin Fenner

Exploring the Boundaries: How Altmetrics Can Expand Our Vision of Scholarly Communication and Social Impact
by Mike Taylor

Social Signals Reflect Academic Impact: What it Means When a Scholar Adds a Paper to Mendeley
by William Gunn

Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) is NISO’s print and electronic magazine for communicating standards-based technology and best practices in library, publishing, and information technology.

ISQ is available in open access to the public. Both the full issue and individual articles can be downloaded in PDF. Visit the Contents page of each issue for the full list of available articles and links to their download pages.

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