The term altmetrics coined by Jason Priem in 2010 as an alternative way of measuring impact in the social web aims at enhancing and complementing the more traditional ways of impact assessment by expanding the idea of impact. This development of the concept of altmetrics has been accompanied by a growth in the diversity of tools that aim to track ‘real-time’ impact of scientific outputs. These new web based tools intend to capture and track a wide range of researcher’s outputs by aggregating altmetrics data across a wide variety of sources are being currently developed (e.g. Impact Story, PLOS ALM, Plum Analytics, Altmetric.com, F1000, Mendeley, etc.). The evidence of impact provided by these tools allows both real-time and a broader analysis of impact of research outputs and offers new opportunities for research assessment. The actual meaning of these types of real-time analysis also requires further investigation. This line has a transversal perspective and is part of the working group SURe, where the contribution of altmetrics in assessing societal use of research is assessed.
The aim of the Altmetrics research line at CWTS is to investigate the different altmetrics tools in order to study the potential and feasibility of altmetrics as a new data source for research assessment purposes and to explore what types of impact (scientific, societal, cultural...) can be supported by them. Some topics of research are the following:
Researcher. Rodrigo's research focuses mostly on the development and application of new bibliometric tools and the new field of 'altmetrics'.
Researcher and coordinator of the Society Using Research (SURe) working group. Ingeborg focuses on the development of proxies, tools, and indicators to assess the uses of research in society; in public, professional, and private domains.
Director of CWTS and professor of Scientometrics. Paul is interested in how evaluation systems have developed and are creating new constraints for the development of knowledge. He is also interested in the history of science in general and the role of information systems in these histories in particular.
PhD candidate. Zohreh is doing research on altmetrics (alternative metrics and tools) and investigating potential of using altmetrics for measuring research performance.