May 20, 2022

Letter: “What Do Altmetrics Counts Mean? A Plea for Content Analyses”

The “Letter to the Editor” (preprint) linked below has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology.


What Do Altmetrics Counts Mean? A Plea for Content Analyses”


Lutz Bornmann
Max Planck Society


via Authors Web Site


Since correlation analyses with traditional citations do not really reveal the meaning of altmetrics, I would like to plead for more content analyses of tweets and blogs (for bookmarks in online reference managers, content analyses are not possible).

Direct to Full Text (6 pages; PDF)

Note: The published version of the letter became available today (Jan. 11, 2015) on the journal’s web site. (Early View)

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