Digital scholarship and online research dissemination mean that a growing volume of conversation about research now takes place online, across a range of non-traditional sources. The momentum of the alternative metrics or ‘altmetrics’ movement – tracking attention to research papers across sources such as policy documents, news, blogs and social media – signals a demand to understand research engagement much more quickly than is possible with traditional citations. The importance of reporting back to funders on societal impact and the limitations of bibliometrics such as the Journal Impact Factor have also contributed to the need for researchers and institutions to track online attention to research. This webinar discusses how to interpret altimetrics data, and what it can tell us about research engagement and impact.
Madjarevic, N. STRIVE Learning Lab 39: Using altmetrics to track conversations about your research. (2015) [Video: 48 min 21 sec.]