Altmetrics – Measuring Scholarly Impact Through Social Media Sharing

The traditional measurement of the impact of scholarly research is how many times it is cited in other scholarly research.  Another interesting form of measurement might be altmetrics – this is the study of the impact of scholarly research by measuring how often scholarly work is referenced in social media like blogs, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and more.

Here’s a roundup of recent articles about altmetrics.  Some of the topics covered include how a professor used altmetrics to augment his tenure case, how to measure altmetrics and more.

How a professor used altmetrics in his tenure case.

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A very good introduction to altmetrics also includes a bibliographic summary.

Here’s a good article that talks about how to actually measure altmetrics and some of the problems encountered with this issue.