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Altmetrics
A practical guide for librarians, researchers and academics
Edited by Andy Tattersall

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This book gives an overview of altmetrics, their tools and how to implement them successfully to boost your research output.

New methods of scholarly communication and dissemination of information are having a huge impact on how academics and researchers build profiles and share research.

This groundbreaking and highly practical guide looks at the role that library and information professionals can play in facilitating these new ways of working and demonstrating impact and influence.

The book explains the theory behind the growing altmetrics – alternative metrics for measuring scholarly impact, from social networks such as Twitter and blogs to online platforms such as Mendeley, ResearchGate and Altmetrics.org – movement, how it came about, why it can help improve academics and their research profiles and where it sits amongst current measurements of impact.

Drawing on the expertise of leading altmetric innovators and the LIS professionals using their tools, the book explains the connections between research and social media and how academics can use the multitude of tools freely available to them for their own benefits.

Altmetrics will empower librarians, researchers and academics to develop the skills and knowledge needed to introduce and support altmetrics within their own institutions.

Readership: Library and information professionals working higher education, research bodies, government bodies and charities; researchers, academics, higher education leaders and strategists.

1. Introduction - Andy Tattersall
2. Road map: From web 2.0 to altmetrics - Andy Tattersall
3. "Metrics of the trade": where have we come from? - Andrew Booth
4. The rise of altmetrics - Euan Adie
5. Alt meets metric - William Gunn
6. The evolution of library metrics - Ben Showers
7. Considerations for implementing new technologies - Andy Tattersall
8. Resources and tools - Andy Tattersall
9. Appmetrics - improving impact on the go - Claire Beecroft
10. The connected academic - implementing altmetrics within your organisation - Andy Tattersall
11. Post-publication peer review - Andy Tattersall
12. Conclusion - Andy Tattersall

Andy Tattersall BA (Hons) (University of Sheffield), MSc (University of Sheffield) FHEA is an Information Specialist at the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. He is also secretary of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Multi-Media and Information Technology Committee and a Mendeley Advisor for the social reference management software company.

1. Introduction - Andy Tattersall

The purpose of this chapter is to give an introduction and context to the book and the theme. It will give an overview as to the changes within academia right now that include Open Access, MOOCs, learning technologies and Altmetrics. It will explain why this change is happening, how it is all connected and how library and information professionals should pay heed to it.

2. Road map: from Web 2.0 to Altmetrics - Andy Tattersall

Many of the tools that form part of the Altmetrics movement pre-date the term and go back to the creation of the second phase of the Web: Web 2.0. This chapter explains how library and information professionals and academics have paid more heed to Social Media in recent times and in turn this has given rise to the term Altmetrics

3. “Metrics of the trade”: where have we come from? - Andrew Booth

To appreciate the significance of Altmetrics a reader first needs to understand from where established academic metrics have originated. This chapter will offer useful linkages between the past and present of metrics with a particular focus on manipulation and game-playing. It will conclude by considering the role of metrics in a world increasingly inhabited by open access publication.

4. The rise of Altmetrics - Euan Adie

The Altmetrics movement got its name and captured the scholarly communication community's imagination in 2010 but the history of the field goes back much further. Three powerful influences came together to enable alternative metrics to start moving towards the mainstream: publishers going digital, funders broadening their definition of impact and researchers seeking to get proper credit where credit is due.

5. Alt meets metric - William Gunn

This chapter will discuss how Altmetrics convey additional information about research impact that is not captured by traditional metrics. The increasing use of Altmetrics by funding organizations, publishers, and tenure and promotion committees shows that there is broad awareness of the limitations of traditional citation-based metrics and the need to move beyond the paper-based mind-set to take advantage of the more diverse forms of communication enabled by the Internet.

6. The evolution of library metrics - Ben Showers

As content and services are increasingly delivered via the web, so metrics are evermore based on web interactions between users and the content, and between users themselves and the social filters they are using, such as: Blogs, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Drawing upon current library examples, this chapter will introduce readers to the implications of evolving scholarly and service metrics for libraries and the ways cultural heritage institutions, such as museums and galleries, are exploiting and realising the value of the data generated as users interact with content and resources both through the digital library and on the open web.

7. Resources and tools - Andy Tattersall

This chapter will guide the reader through the myriad of tools and resources available to help promote and share scholarly output. The chapter will describe the catalogue of tools and techniques that library and information professionals can utilise or teach to academics and support staff to help get their research out into the World. The technologies will be broken-up into various streams and platforms for easier understanding, with considerations and implications for usage.

8. Appmetrics - improving impact on the go - Claire Beecroft

Mobile devices have increased enormously in popularity over the last five years, but many academic staff lack awareness of the apps they could be using to promote their outputs and improve impact on the go. This chapter will identify an essential "toolkit" of apps and demonstrate how activities undertaken on a mobile device can be fitted into a flexible working day to encourage use of important networks such as Twitter

9. The connected academic - implementing Altmetrics within your organisation - Andy Tattersall

Information and library professionals experience major problems implementing change, especially in academia. Reduced budgets are one reason, but the cultural fabric of their organisations and fields of practice is the principal problem. When trying to change organisational practice it is common to come up against a myriad of reasons why colleagues and students are reluctant to explore new ways of working. This chapter will look at the two issues facing information professionals in their task of providing their organisations with relevant skills regarding Altmetrics.

10. What lies ahead for scholarly measurement and Altmetrics

The purpose of this chapter will be to invite the innovators, protagonists and advocates of the Altmetrics movement to discuss the future of measuring scholarly output. Why things are changing and whether ultimately we can have a perfect way to measure impact.

11. Conclusion - Andy Tattersall

The final chapter will look at the evidence from the previous 10 chapters and summarise the developments, benefits and pitfalls that information and library professionals face when contemplating new ways of promoting and measuring academic content.
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