The following article appears in a special section on research data access and preservation in the August/September 2013 issue (Vol. 39, No. 6) of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Direct to Full Text (Complete Issue; PDF).
Tracking Citations and Altmetrics for Research Data: Challenges and Opportunities
Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Vol. 39, No. 6
Methods for determining research quality have long been debated but with little lasting agreement on standards, leading to the emergence of alternative metrics. Altmetrics are a useful supplement to traditional citation metrics,reflecting a variety of measurement points that give different perspectives on how a dataset is used and by whom.A positive development is the integration of a number of research datasets into the ISI Data Citation Index,making datasets searchable and linking them to published articles.Yet access to data resources and tracking the resulting altmetrics depend on specific qualities of the datasets and the systems where they are archived.Though research on altmetrics use is growing, the lack of standardization across datasets and system architecture undermines its generalizability. Without some standards, stakeholders’ adoption of altmetrics will be limited.