January 18, 2022

New Report: “Altmetric for University Presses – Results From A Joint Pilot”

From Altmetric:

In this report, we recount the lessons learned from a pilot project undertaken jointly by the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) and Altmetric which aimed to understand how altmetrics could support the many functions of the average university press: recruiting new monograph ideas and authors, marketing a press’s current publications and backlist, tracking sales, and more. Could this nascent type of data actually help?

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From an Altmetric Blog Post:

The six participating university presses:

  • Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Penn. St. University Press
  • Temple University Press
  • University of Hawaii Press
  • University of Toronto Press
  • University of Wisconsin Press

were given access to the Altmetric Explorer and in exchange the presses provided us with detailed metadata for their published monographs and journals, which we used to expand our coverage, and invaluable feedback on the usefulness of our data.

During the course of the pilot we learned a number of important things:

• Altmetrics can help book publishers find interest in backlist titles, which can inform promotional strategies.

• Not all altmetrics are equally valuable to university presses. The most valuable data are: monographs mentioned in syllabi, citations in public policy documents and social media discussions.

• Journals are well-positioned to take advantage of altmetrics as journals have faster publication times, when compared to monographs, and journal platforms are designed in a way that makes it relatively easy to track altmetrics.

• Last, but definitely not least: Good metadata is critical, and in the final section of the paper we are proposing some best practices for sharing metadata in a press website.

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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.