Research metrics in the news!
In June 2015 Thomson Reuters Breaks New Ground in Journal Evaluation with Release of 40th Annual Journal Citation Reports.
In July 2015 JISC published a report The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management with key details reported in Data infrastructure key to the quality and impact of UK research.
This led to a review of the report with accompanying video here: Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment.
This report has garnered a high level of interest and commentary, including this quote from Metrics: how to handle them responsibly:
According to the report, responsible metric use involves being transparent about the use of a range of robust metrics that are inclusive of all fields, while bearing in mind the potential wider effects of their use and “updating them in response”. Curry admits that this notion of responsibility is not a new one: it has already been pushed in recent declarations against the misuse of metrics, such as 2013’s San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and 2015’s Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics.
How do you really measure impact?
And researchers this email seems to be making the rounds again this summer – Beware of Spam Email With Offers to Promote Your Research.
Altmetrics – as an alternative measure of impact for scholarly research – are in the news. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) are researching and recommending metrics other than traditional journal impact factors for measuring scholarly impact.
Ernesto Priego writes in On Metrics and Research Assessment that article level metrics will be more important for “international public access and impact.”
The success of automated methods to obtain quantitative indicators of the reach, reception and use of scholarly outputs depends on our ability as scholarly communities to realise and develop the potential of the Web for scholarly communications.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) just wrapped up their ACM Web Science Conference Workshop in June 2014. Papers and presentations are available at the conference web site – altmetrics14: expanding impacts and metrics.
Librarians involved with scholarly communications and consulting with researchers can learn from 4 things every librarian should do with altmentrics. [Impact Story is a nonprofit, open-source webapp that helps scientists discover and share the full impact of their research – everything from citations to their articles to tweets about their software to downloads of their datasets. ]
The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) published their April/May 2013 bulletin on Altmetrics: What, Why and Where.
Lastly, Indiana Libraries provides us with 17 More essential Altmetrics Resources (the Library version.)
Now you know!