Research Article: “How Can Bibliometric and Altmetric Suppliers Improve? Messages From The End-User Community”
The following article was published on the Insights: the UKSG Journal website earlier today.
How Can Bibliometric and Altmetric Suppliers Improve? Messages From The End-User Community
King’s College London, Waterloo Campus
Insights, 31, 38
Published on October 3, 2018
This article reports on a 2018 survey of bibliometric and altmetric practitioners – ‘Three things you want your metrics supplier to know’ – that was undertaken to better understand the practitioners’ usage of existing tools and services and to invite them to suggest ways in which they would like to see these improve. In total, 149 suggestions were made by 42 respondents, mainly UK librarians. Responses could be categorized into four main themes: A) Improve and share your data; B) Be more responsible; C) Improve your tools; D) Improve your indicators. The findings of the survey are discussed and sample comments shared. Based on these findings, and expanding on the four themes, the article makes a number of practical recommendations to metrics suppliers for ways in which their services could better serve the need of the community for robust and responsible bibliometric and altmetric evaluation.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.