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Teaching Altmetric: new training materials available.

Here are some Altmetric for Institutions teaching resources for you to use in your own sessions and webinars. The materials are CC-BY licensed so feel free to reuse and remix and let us know what you’ve created! Read more…

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UKSG Free Webinars : Insightful discussions for all Scholarly Communication Librarians

UKSG – Connecting the knowledge community that encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication. They regularly host free webinars and you can sign-up for free to access these recordings.  Just contact Maria Campbell for access to old recordings or go to their sight for the free recordings.  These recordings discuss issues like – Altmetrics for Librarians – Creative Commons and Education. etc.

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The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management.

The Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management was set up in April 2014 to investigate the current and potential future roles that quantitative indicators can play in the assessment and management of research. Its report, ‘The Metric Tide’, was published in July 2015 and is available below.

The review was chaired by James Wilsdon, professor of science and democracy at the University of Sussex, supported by an independent and multidisciplinary group of experts in scientometrics, research funding, research policy, publishing, university management and research administration. Through 15 months of consultation and evidence-gathering, the review looked in detail at the potential uses and limitations of research metrics and indicators, exploring the use of metrics within institutions and across disciplines. Read…

Data infrastructure key to the quality and impact of UK research.

Jisc welcomes the publication of ‘The Metric Tide’ – a report on the independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment and management, chaired by Professor James Wilsdon.

With our ethos of supporting open and interoperable data infrastructure to make research easier for universities, Jisc strongly supports the report’s recommendations. In particular we commend its emphasis on identifiers being central to a more reliable, less burdensome and transparent research information management system. Read…

Altmetrics as a complement, not replacement.

We’ve long said that altmetrics should be a complement to, not a replacement for, citation-based metrics and expert peer-review. So it was heartening to see that same sentiment echoed in The Metrics Tide report (“Metrics should support, not supplant, expert judgement”).

Altmetrics, by and large and like citation-based metrics, cannot tell us much about research quality (though many people often assume they’re intended to). They do have some distinct advantages over citation-based metrics, however.

Altmetrics are faster to accumulate than citations, so it’s possible to get a sense of an article’s potential reach and influence even it was only recently published. (This is useful in an exercise like the REF, where you might be compiling impact evidence that includes articles only published in the previous year – or even month) Altmetrics are also much more diverse than citations, in that they can measure research attention, help flag up routes to impact, and (occasionally, looking at some sources) quality among scholars and also members of the public, practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholder audiences. Read …

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