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1 from webometrics to altmetrics one and a half decades of digital research at wolverhampton

1: From webometrics to altmetrics: one and a half decades of digital research at Wolverhampton

Jonathan M Levitt

Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

University of Wolverhampton.


2 what is webometrics

2: What is Webometrics?

  • The study of web-based content with primarily quantitative methods for social science research goals

Mike Thelwall (2009). Introduction to Webometrics:

Quantitative Web Research for the Social Sciences.

Morgan & Claypool.


3 what are altmetrics

3: What are Altmetrics?

  • Counts of social web mentions of articles


4 categories of altmetrics 1

4: Categories of Altmetrics 1

  • General sites: Twitter, Facebook, Blogs,…


5 categories of altmetrics 2

5: Categories of Altmetrics 2

  • Scientific sites: Science blogs, Mendeley, CiteULike, Connotea


6 categories of altmetrics 3

6: Categories of Altmetrics 3

  • News sites: Digg, Reddit,…


7 validity of altmetrics 1

7: Validity of altmetrics 1

  • Empirical evidence of various altmetrics shows that they sometimes correlate with citation counts

Thelwall, M., Haustein, S., Larivière, V. & Sugimoto, C. (2013). Do altmetrics work? Twitter and

ten other candidates. PLOS ONE, 8(5), e64841. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064841


8 validity of altmetrics 2

8: Validity of altmetrics 2

  • So altmetrics are probably useful as early citation indicators

  • But probably point to wider impact (educational, societal)

Thelwall, M., Haustein, S., Larivière, V. & Sugimoto, C. (2013). Do altmetrics work? Twitter and

ten other candidates. PLOS ONE, 8(5), e64841. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064841


9 how should we use altmetrics 1

9: How should we use altmetrics 1?

  • Early indications of which of our articles are/aren’t having an impact


10 how should we use altmetrics 2

10: How should we use altmetrics 2?

  • To identify others’ important articles through their high altmetric scores – if reported


11 how much authority do altmetrics have 1

11: How much authority do altmetrics have 1?

  • Low validity because of the potential for spam and self-publicity

  • Can’t compare altmetrics for articles in different fields or published in different years


12 how much authority do altmetrics have 2

12: How much authority do altmetrics have 2?

  • Unknown balance between scholarly, educational and societal impact (and entertainment value in some cases)

  • Useful indicators of impact, but not measures of impact


13 example of altmetric study 1

13: Example of altmetric study 1

  • Ananlysis of twi eats on Nobel Prize winners (STI, 2014).


14 example of altmetric study 1

14: Example of altmetric study 1

  • Ananlysis of increase in Mendeley references to articles by Nobel Prize winners (ongoin).


15 conclusion 1

15: Conclusion 1

  • Webometric and altmetric research has investigated the value of various web-based metrics


16 conclusion 2

16: Conclusion 2

  • If carefully collected and interpreted, they can often give useful evidence about many different aspects of research


17 conclusion 3

17: Conclusion 3

  • Also: Free Webometric Analyst software for webometrics, Twitter and Mendeley at http://lexiurl.wlv.ac.uk


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