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140 Characters in Search of a Meaning Incorporating Motivation into Altmetrics. Mike Taylor Research Specialist http:// orcid.org /0000-0002-8534-5985.
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The formulation and development of altmetrics has hitherto largely been rooted in computer science, with the early issues being the collection and presentation of social citations. However, there is a disconnect between the straightforward counting of mentions, and the interpretation of academic motivation and meaning.
As altmetrics evolves into a sub-discipline, it is important for academics of all fields to engage with the debate, the emerging literature, and altmetrics’ adoption into the lingua franca of academic discourse and evaluation.
Questions on the motivation and the value of public sharing require input from the social sciences: there will be cross-cultural and cross-discipline differences, gender issues and network bias. However altmetrics develops over the course of the next few years, these issues should be discussed in order to correctly position the debate within the scholarly community and to ensure benefits for all parties.
1940s to present:
2008 to present:
…is a very broad term
1. Paying homage to pioneers; 2. Giving credit for related work (homage to peers); 3. Identifying methodology, equipment, etc.; 4. Providing background reading; 5. Correcting one’s own work; 6. Correcting the work of others; 7. Criticizing previous work; 8. Substantiating claims; 9. Alerting to forthcoming work; 10. Providing leads to poorly disseminated, poorly indexed, or uncitedwork; 11. Authenticating data and classes of fact (physical constants, etc.); 12. Identifying original publications in which an idea or concept was discussed; 13. Identifying original publication or other work describing an eponymic concept or term (...); 14. Disclaiming work or ideas of others (negative claims); and 15. Disputing priority claims of others (negative homage)
Guesswork that needs verification and data!
Data from altmetric.com (c.100 articles since pubdate -2)