January 20, 2022

Conference Paper: “Altmetrics and Library Publishing”

The following paper will be presented on Sunday, August 20, 2017  at IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.


Altmetrics and Library Publishing


Lauren B. Collister
University of Pittsburgh

Jessica Kirschner
University of Pittsburgh

Michelle Bradbury
University of Pittsburgh

Timothy S. Deliyannides
University of Pittsburgh

Robin Kear
University of Pittsburgh


IFLA Library


Altmetrics are a valuable offering that can enhance the services provided by a library publishing program and attract potential publishing partners. This paper will describe the use of altmetrics in the 38 journals published by the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, as part of its library publishing program. By using a widget from Plum Analytics, altmetrics from each journal article are displayed on abstract pages; furthermore, journal editors have access to a robust dashboard of metrics that allows editors, authors, and readers to access full information about the journal’s impact. Librarians who are part of a library publishing operation have a valuable role to play in training and supporting journal staff and users in the meaning and potential applications of altmetrics, which transforms altmetrics from a component of a publishing program to a service.

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See Also: Conference Paper: “Exploring Values-Based (Alt)metrics to Enhance Library Services”

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.