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Altmetrics for Researchers

This guide provides information on altenative metrics (altmetrics).

Selected Readings on Altmetrics

NISO Altmetrics Standards Project White Paper. (2014).  (June 6, 2014 ed.).

Special issue on alternative metrics. (2014). Research Trends(37).

Barnes, C. (2015). The Use of Altmetrics as a Tool for Measuring Research Impact. Australian Academic and Research Libraries. doi: 10.1080/00048623.2014.1003174

Bazrafshan, A., Haghdoost, A. A., & Zare, M. (2015). A comparison of downloads, readership and citations data for the Journal of Medical Hypotheses and Ideas. Journal of Medical Hypotheses and Ideas, 9(1), 1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jmhi.2014.06.001

Borchadt, R. (2012). From bibliometrics to altmetrics. College & Research Libraries News, 73(10), 596-600.

Bornmann, L. (2014). Do altmetrics point to the broader impact of research? An overview of benefits and disadvantages of altmetrics. Journal of Informetrics, 8(4), 895-903. doi: 10.1016/j.joi.2014.09.005

Bornmann, L. (2014). Validity of altmetrics data for measuring societal impact: A study using data from Altmetric and F1000Prime. Journal of Informetrics, 8(4), 935-950. doi: 10.1016/j.joi.2014.09.007

Bornmann, L. (2015). Alternative metrics in scientometrics: a meta-analysis of research into three altmetrics. Scientometrics. doi: 10.1007/s11192-015-1565-y

Brigham, T. J. (2014). An introduction to altmetrics. Med Ref Serv Q, 33(4), 438-447. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2014.957093

Cress, P. E. (2014). Using altmetrics and social media to supplement impact factor: maximizing your article's academic and societal impact. Aesthet Surg J, 34(7), 1123-1126. doi: 10.1177/1090820x14542973

de Winter, J. C. F. (2014). The relationship between tweets, citations, and article views for PLOS ONE articles. Scientometrics, 102(2), 1773-1779. doi: 10.1007/s11192-014-1445-x

10.1007/s11192-014-1264-0; Zahedi, Z., Fenner, M., Costas, R., How consistent are altmetrics providers? (2014) Study of 1000 PLOS ONE publications using the PLOS ALM, ,, Mendeley and APIs, Retrieved from:

Dinsmore, A., Allen, L., & Dolby, K. (2014). Alternative perspectives on impact: the potential of ALMs and altmetrics to inform funders about research impact. PLoS Biol, 12(11), e1002003. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002003

Galligan, F., & Dyas-Correia, S. (2013). Altmetrics: Rethinking the Way We Measure. Serials Review, 39(1), 56-61. doi: 10.1016/j.serrev.2013.01.003

Hammarfelt, B. (2014). Using altmetrics for assessing research impact in the humanities. Scientometrics. doi: 10.1007/s11192-014-1261-3

Haustein, S., Costas, R., & Lariviere, V. (2015). Characterizing social media metrics of scholarly papers: the effect of document properties and collaboration patterns. PLoS One, 10(3), e0120495. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120495

Kolahi, J. (2015). Altmetrics: A new emerging issue for dental research scientists. Dental Hypotheses, 6(1), 1-2. doi: 10.4103/2155-8213.150855

Lagace, N. (2013). NISO Publishes Recommended Practice and Technical Report on Improving Open URLs Through Analytics. Information Standards Quarterly, 25(2), 41-41. doi: 10.3789/isqv25no2.2013.08

Lapinski, S., Piwowar, H., & Priem, J. (2013). Riding the crest of the altmetrics wave How librarians can help prepare faculty for the next generation of research impact metrics. College & Research Libraries News, 74(6), 292-300 %@ 0099-0086.

Ortega, J. L. (2015). Relationship between altmetric and bibliometric indicators across academic social sites: The case of CSIC's members. Journal of Informetrics, 9(1), 39-49. doi: 10.1016/j.joi.2014.11.004

Piwowar, H. (2013). Altmetrics: Value all research products. Nature, 493(7431), 159-159.

Priem, J., Piwowar, H., & Hemminger, B. (2011). Altmetrics in the wild: An exploratory study of impact metrics based on social media. Paper presented at the Metrics 2011: Symposium on Informetric and Scientometric Research. New Orleans, LA, USA, October.

Priem, J., Taraborelli, D., Groth, P., & Neylon, C. (2011, September 26, 2011). Altmetrics: A Manifesto.   Retrieved September 9, 2014, from

Rodgers, E., & Barbrow, S. (Cartographer). (2014). A Look at Altmetrics and Its Growing Significance to Research Libraries. Retrieved from

Tananbaum, G. (2013). Article-level metrics: a SPARC primer.

Taylor, M. (2013). Exploring the boundaries: How altmetrics can expand our vision of scholarly communication and social impact. Information Standards Quarterly, 25, 27-32.

Wang, X., Liu, C., Mao, W., & Fang, Z. (2015). The open access advantage considering citation, article usage and social media attention. Scientometrics. doi: 10.1007/s11192-015-1547-0

Zahedi, Z., Costas, R., & Wouters, P. (2014). How well developed are altmetrics? A cross-disciplinary analysis of the presence of 'alternative metrics' in scientific publications. Scientometrics. doi: 10.1007/s11192-014-1264-0



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