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).
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.”
Direct to TOC and Individual Articles
- Letter from the Guest Content Editor: Altmetrics Have Come of Age
by Martin Fenner
- Consuming Article-Level Metrics: Observations and Lessons
by Scott Chamberlain, Simon Fraser University
- Institutional Altmetrics and Academic Libraries
by Robin Chin Roemer (U. of Washington) and Rachel Borchardt (American University)
- Altmetrics in Evolution: Defining & Redefining the Ontology of Article-Level Metrics
by Jennifer Lin (PLOS) and Martin Fenner
- Exploring the Boundaries: How Altmetrics Can Expand Our Vision of Scholarly Communication and Social Impact
by Mike Taylor (Elsevier)
- Social Signals Reflect Academic Impact: What it Means When a Scholar Adds a Paper to Mendeley
by William Gunn (Mendeley)
- NISO Awarded Sloan Foundation Grant to Develop Standards or Recommended Practices for Altmetrics
by Nettie Lagace (NISO)