Measuring Your Impact: Impact Factor, Citation Analysis, and other Metrics: Other Metrics/ Altmetrics
AltMetrics / Scientometrics 2.0
number of downloads and the number of social bookmarks for an article,
with the number of citations an article has received. Using Web 2.0
technology to assess the value of the scholarship or more specifically,
“the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for
analyzing, and informing scholarship” is known as “altmetrics” (Jason Priem, Dario Taraborelli, Paul Groth, and Cameron Neylon, 2010. “Alt–metrics: A manifesto,” at http://altmetrics.org/manifesto/). Altmetrics are not meant to replace citation counts or the h-index, but instead compliment the metrics with additional data. Eysenbach (2011) found the number of tweets about a research article, within the first three days of an article’s publication, can predict
which articles will be highly cited. Articles that were tweeted highly
on Twitter were more likely to be cited more often in scholarly papers
later. Eysenbach notes, “Correlation is not causation, and it harder to
decide whether extra citations are a result of the social media buzz,
or whether it is the underlying quality of an article or newsworthiness
that drives both the buzz and the citations — it is likely a combination
of both. (Eysenbach, 2011. “Can Tweets predict citations? Metrics of
social impact based on Twitter and correlation with traditional metrics
of scientific impact,” Journal of Medical Internet Research, volume 13,
number 4, at http://www.jmir.org/2011/4/e123/). More on this topic can be at:
has begun to track impact metrics beyond just citation counts and have
developed software that will track the number of times an article is
shared using social networking tools such as CiteuLike, Connotea,
Facebook and Mendeley.
quantity of attention that a scholarly article has received through
Scholars enter information about the articles, such as the DOI
to generate an impact report (may provide the number of times an article
has been liked on Facebook, tweeted, cited in publications, viewed at
the publisher Web site, or shared on social bookmarking tools such as
Delicious, Mendeley, or CiteULike).
Scholars enter the PubMed PMID to generate an impact report.
Citation analysis can be used to determine the citation impact of authors, articles, and journals.
Beyond basic citation counts, there are measures such as the h-index and the g-index which are used to quantify the impact of an individual author.
This method relies on usage data such as the number of downloads for an article to help determine impact.
Journal impact factor:
To rank journals within a discipline or a sub-discipline, or to determine the average citation count for a journal use Journal Citation Reports ( from Thomson Reuters) or SCImago (from Elsevier).
Scientometrics 2.0/ Altmetrics:
There is a growing movement examining the measurement of scholarly impact drawn from Web 2.0 data. (Priem and Hemminger, 2010).
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