Alternative metrics – or altmetrics – are becoming an integral tool to assess the impact and reach of academic research. Tracking social and online outlets, altmetrics provide quick feedback from a wide range of sources.
In a webinar on Thursday, February 20, titled Librarians & altmetrics: Tools, tips and use cases, experts will discuss the practical application of altmetrics. Topics include:
- How altmetrics work
- The tools and widgets used for tracking
- Correlation with other publishing metrics
- Impact measurement and strategy
- How altmetrics are being used by various institutions and user groups, including students, young scientists and clinical researchers, and principal investigators of large grants.
- The steps librarians can take to incorporate altmetrics into their workflows and reports
The webinar is part of Elsevier's Library Connect program for academic, health sciences, corporate and government librarians.[divider]
To participate in the webinar
The webinar is on Thursday, February 20 from 11-11:50 am EST (16-16:50 BST / 17-17:50 CET). Click here to register.
Submitting questions for the panel
The webinar presenters include an experienced librarian, a bioinformaticist and a research specialist looking at cutting-edge technologies in publishing. They will provide varying perspectives on altmetrics in the context of their considerable experience in furthering scholarly communication, supporting researchers and the research enterprise, and evaluating new tools and systems for managing and tracking researcher identity, networking and impact.
Kristi Holmes is a Bioinformaticist at Washington University in St. Louis. Her professional interests include open science, support and training in genomic medicine, and understanding the impact of research efforts. She serves as the outreach lead for the research discovery platform VIVO and is a member of the ORCID Outreach Steering Group.
Jenny Delasalle is a freelance consultant and librarian. Her interests include bibliometrics and altmetrics, the changing landscape of scholarly communication, and how researchers can share and promote their research while also protecting their professional image. She has worked in a number of academic library roles at various UK higher education institutions, most recently at the University of Warwick managing the library's support of researchers.
Mike Taylor is a Research Specialist for Elsevier Labs. His current areas of work include altmetrics, contributorship, research networks, the future of scholarly communications and other author identity issues. He has worked in various capacities within the ORCID initiative.
What are altmetrics?
Almetrics refers to "the collection, analysis and presentation of data about how people share and discuss academic papers," in the words of Mike Taylor (a presenter in the upcoming Webinar) and Dr. Paul Groth (@pgroth), co-founder of the Altmetrics Manifesto and Assistant Professor in the Web & Media Group at VU University in Amsterdam. Their Library Connect article "Helping scholars tell their stories using altmetrics" provides an overview of altmetrics. You can view their presentation "Altmetrics: its impact and promise" on Elsevier Connect.
Elsevier Connect Contributors
As Director of Social Media and Content for Global Corporate Relations at Elsevier, Angelina Ward ( @angelinaward ) leads social business efforts throughout the organization. She has been with Elsevier and our sister companies for eight years. Covering technical, information security, and new media topics, she became skilled in developing engaging communities with industry professionals through social media. She speaks at industry events on social media topics and has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Technology on Twitter who truly "gets" social media and social business. She is based in Atlanta.
Colleen DeLory is Editor of the Library Connect Newsletter (@library_connect) and The Academic Executive Brief (@acadexecbrief). Before joining Elsevier in 2010, she worked in communications positions at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, where she started a faculty/staff news website. Her goal with Library Connect is to provide a forum in which librarians from around the world can share their thinking on broad and systemic issues, as well as practical, hands-on advice based on their own challenges and successes.