This month marks five years since the publication of the “altmetrics manifesto,” in which Jason Priem, Dario Taraborelli, Paul Groth, and Cameron Neylon outlined a vision for the future of altmetric impact inidcators. Academia is buzzing with discussion about altmetrics as scholars, journals, funding and job boards, librarians, and university officials continue working to determine the best ways to navigate the new impact assessment landscape. We wanted to round up some of the news and conversations surrounding altmetrics that caught our attention.

We also encourage you to check out The Evolution of Impact Indicators: From bibliometrics to altmetrics a new free ebook co-produced by Scholastica and Altmetric, which details how altmetrics are changing the nature of research impact and breaks down altmetrics use cases for journals and scholars.

Altmetrics Roundup

Five years since the “altmetrics manifesto”

Celebrating Five Years of Altmetrics

Kudos Co-Founder Charlie Rapple recaps highlights from the Altmetric 2:AM conference this month, including the co-creators of the “altmetrics manifesto” meeting in person for the first time and presenting some of the discussions they had online while developing the historic manifesto. Rapple breaks down the “altmetrics manifesto” co-creators’ opinions on the primary question posed at the end of the conference - where should altmetrics go next?

Enter Alternative Metrics: Indicators that capture the value of research and richness of scholarly discourse

Wondering what altmetrics are all about? If you’re still learning about these new impact indicators, be sure to check out this post from Scholastica and Altmetric, excerpted from The Evolution of Impact Indicators, which overviews what altmetrics are, the benefits altmetrics offer journals and researchers, and common misconceptions about them.

Integrating altmetrics into research assessment via library outreach

Altmetrics Ambassadors | Academic Libraries

In this post, The Library Journal looks at how altmetrics are affecting the academic publishing landscape since the “altmetrics manifesto” was introduced and how libraries are supporting scholars as they continue to become acquainted with these new impact indicators, including offering altmetrics consultations and workshops for faculty.

Altmetrics in action

September High Five – Salty Water on Mars, Instagram Masterpieces and 3 Trillion Trees

Wondering which papers are generating high numbers of altmetric impact indicators? Bio/Nanotechnology scientist and journalist Paige Jarreau’s monthly High Five Posts on the Altmetric blog highlight the papers with the top 5 Altmetric scores each month. September’s “High Five” includes papers on: the discovery of salty water on Mars, global tree density, chickens walking like dinosaurs, and more!

Using altmetrics to showcase the influence of your work to funders: A case study

If you’re interested in tracking altmetrics impact indicators of your work, you can also check out this case study excerpted from The Evolution of Impact Indicators: From bibliometrics to altmetrics, which details how one scholar was able to use altmetrics to boost her funding application.

We hope you enjoy this Impact Roundup! How are you using altmetrics to track the impact of the work you author or publish? Let us know on Twitter by tweeting @scholasticahq!




Danielle Padula

This post was written by Danielle Padula,
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