Altmetrics is an indication of quality research or just HOT Topic
Wee, Joan Jee Foon
Chia, Yew Boon
Date of Issue2014
Proceedings of the 35th IATUL Conference
With the widespread use of social media tools in the discovery, dissemination and discussion of research output, altmetric measurements are fast gaining popularity and they supplement the traditional research metrics by tracking the number of social mentions of research articles. In recent years, there a few such tools and they adopt different models and have different coverage. Publishers such as Scopus and PLoS have already incorporated altmetrics in their websites. This paper seeks to make sense of these available tools and evaluate their effectiveness. Do they identify quality research or just HOT topics? This paper also analyses most cited papers from 18 different subject categories in Web of Science (WOS) and compares the results with an altmetrics database to find out the correlation between these 2 sets of data. This paper ends by highlighting how users could leverage altmetrics effectively to disseminate their works to a wider audience.
DRNTU::Library and information science::Libraries::Information sources
© 2014 The Author(s) (published by International Association of Technological University Libraries). This paper was published in Proceedings of the 35th IATUL Conference and is made available as an electronic reprint (preprint) with permission of International Association of Technological University Libraries. The paper can be found at the following URL: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/iatul/2014/altmetrics/3/. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.