April 15, 2014

Altmetrics are Focus of New Special Themed Issue of NISO’s Information Standards Quarterly

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A special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) was released today.

ISQ is a quarterly publication from the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

The guest editor of this special issue of ISQ (Summer 2013; Vol 25 No 2) was Martin Fenner, Technical Lead Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Project Manager for the ORCID DataCite Interoperability Network (ODIN). 

From NISO:

Since Eugene Garfield’s pioneering work in the 1960s, assessment of published research has been through citation reference counts and the Journal Impact Factor. A new field of alternative metrics—often called altmetrics for short—has recently emerged to provide methods of measurement that better reflect online reader behavior, network interactions with content, and social media.

“For altmetrics to move out of its current pilot and proof-of-concept phase, the community must begin coalescing around a suite of commonly understood definitions, calculations, and data sharing practices,” states Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. “This special issue of ISQ sets the stage for understanding and identifying key altmetrics issues that can best be addressed through standards or recommended practices.”

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