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Presentation: '#Altmetrics — its impact and promise'

Mike Taylor and Paul Groth, PhD, review the latest trends in almetrics and ways to measure academic input using the web

The UKSG annual conference is one of the UK's biggest events in scholarly publishing, attracting abound 1,000 people each year. Librarians, vendors and other folk involved in the publishing chain attend, and it was an honor to be invited to talk this year on the subject of altmetrics.

Increasingly, academics are conducting their communication online. They access papers through digital repositories, tweet at conferences, and post their latest findings on blogs. The traces left by such online activity provide a new source of data for measuring and understanding science. Metrics based on this activity have been termed altmetrics. [caption id="attachment_22190" align="alignright" width="150"]Paul Groth, PhD Paul Groth, PhD[/caption]

I felt that to give the subject the best coverage, it would be best to co-opt Dr. Paul Groth (@pgroth), one of the founders of the altmetrics movement.  Paul is a professor in the Web & Media Group at VU University in Amsterdam.

We provided an up-to-date review of altmetrics and showed how publishers and authors can use this knowledge to inform their publishing decisions.

I spoke on why altmetrics is important for publishers, and of some of the ways altmetrics will grow in importance, particularly in relation to the growing trends towards open access and social impact assessment. Paul addressed the subject from the perspective of an academic and someone deeply involved with altmetrics and other innovative methods of assessing relative impact.

Altmetrics is a young and dynamic field with a great deal of potential. Publishers, academic, academic bodies and the wider community can all benefit from understanding how science and the humanities connect and relate to society. I urge all people with an interest in understanding scholarly impact to reach out and engage with the altmetrics movement.

To find out more about altmetrics, join the discussion on Twitter (#altmetrics) or visit altmetrics.org. [divider] [caption id="attachment_15295" align="alignleft" width="110"]Mike Taylor Mike Taylor[/caption]

The Author

Mike Taylor (@herrison) has worked at Elsevier for 16 years, the past four as a technology research specialist for the Elsevier Labs group. In that role, he has been involved with the ORCID Registry. His other research interests include altmetrics, contributorship and author networks. Details of his research work can be found on the Elsevier Labs website. He is based in Oxford.[/note]


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