The following paper (preprint) has been accepted at the STI Conference 2016 (21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators) that is scheduled to take place in Valencia, Spain this September.
Universidad de Navarra and Universidad de Granada
Universitat Politècnica de València
Universidad de Granada
Social media based indicators or altmetrics have been under scrutiny for the last seven years. Their promise as alternative metrics for measuring scholarly impact is still far from becoming a reality.
Up to now, most studies have focused on the understanding of the nature and relation of altmetric indicators with citation data.
Few papers have analysed research profiles based on altmetric data. Most of these have related to researcher profiles and the expansion of these tools among researchers. This paper aims at exploring the coverage of the Altmetric.com database and its potential use in order to show universities’ research profiles in relationship with other databases. We analyse a sample of four different Spanish universities.
First, we observe a low coverage of altmetric indicators with only 36 percent of all documents retrieved from the Web of Science having an ‘altmetric’ score. Second, we observe that for the four universities analysed, the area of Science shows higher ‘altmetric’ scores that the rest of the research areas. Finally, considering the low coverage of altmetric data at the institutional level, it could be interesting for research policy makers to consider the development of guidelines and best practices guides to ensure that researchers disseminate adequately their research findings through social media.
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