Should attention metrics play any role whatsoever in researcher assessment?
This Spring has been a season of altmetrics, at least for me, as I have spent much of the last two months either moderating panel discussions on alternative and new metrics, or giving requested talks on the subject. I’ve spoken with librarians, representatives from funding agencies, executives from altmetrics service providers and academics involved in hiring and career advancement decisions. The impressive level of interest in the subject of altmetrics is telling. There is great discontent with the current system for understanding and evaluating scholarly research, and in the era of “big data”, an understandable desire to put some of that data to good use. (...) - by David Crotty, Scholarly kitchen, May 1st 2014