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4 metrics articles from the Journal of Informetrics available free until Oct. 31

Sept 10, 2015

Now that you have put your summer reading aside, are you ready to sink your teeth into some academic papers?  

Colleagues from Elsevier’s Journal of Informetrics shared a selection of articles in the summer highlighting various aspects of bibliometrics and altmetrics. Library Connect asked if we could extend their complimentary availability until Oct. 31 for those of you who may have missed them. These projects might be inspirational in starting a metrics project of your own. See the titles and abstracts below and link to the articles in ScienceDirect.

And for those of you who like a more interactive experience, you might want to sign up for the very reasonably priced 2:AM Altmetrics Conference in Amsterdam on Oct. 7-8, or for the Library Connect webinar on November 12: Article, author and journal metrics: what librarians need to know.
While peer review and bibliometrics have become standard methods for measuring the impact of research in science, there is not yet an accepted framework within which to measure societal impact. Alternative metrics (called altmetrics to distinguish them from bibliometrics) are considered an interesting option for assessing the societal impact of research, as they offer new ways to measure (public) engagement with research output. …
Can altmetric data be validly used for the measurement of societal impact? The current study seeks to answer this question with a comprehensive dataset (about 100,000 records) from very disparate sources (F1000, Altmetric, and an in-house database based on Web of Science). …
We show mathematically that the success-index can be any of the following impact indices, dependent on the value of the threshold used in the definition of the success-index: Hirsch-index (h-index), g-index, generalized Wu- and Kosmulski-indices, the average.
This paper analyzes several well-known bibliometric indices using an axiomatic approach. We concentrate on indices aiming at capturing the global impact of a scientific output and do not investigate indices aiming at capturing an average impact. Hence, the indices that we study are designed to evaluate authors or groups of authors but not journals. …