Altmetrics: A Primer

Thanks for looking into more resources from my presentation on altmetrics at the Michigan Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, held at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex on July 18, 2013.

You can view the presentation deck on Slideshare.

Additional Resources on Altmetrics

The altmetrics manifesto

Public Library of Science (PL0S) Altmetrics

Altmetrics library on Mendeley (at 245 papers and 402 members as of July 2013).

ASIS&T April/May 2013 bulletin on altmetrics

The Scholarly Kitchen on altmetrics

Nature News Blog: New record 66 journals banned for boosting impact factor with self-citations

National Information Standards Organization (NISO) to develop standards & recommended practices for altmetrics.

Scientific American: Do blog posts correlate with a higher number of future citations?


Cheung, M. K. (2013). Altmetrics: Too soon for use in assessment. Nature, 494(7436), 176.

Galligan, F., & Dyas-Correia, S. (2013). Altmetrics: Rethinking the Way We Measure. Serials Review, 39(1), 56-61. [paywall link]

Piwowar, H. (2013). Altmetrics: Value all research products . Nature, 493(7431), 159.

Priem, J., Groth, P., & Taraborelli, D. (2012). The Altmetrics Collection. PLoS ONE, 7(11). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048753



  • ImpactStory’s presentation to the White House Open Science Champions of Change event.

Almetric [and in Scopus]

Plum Analytics

Presentation Images Sources

Slide 1: Social media icons from “Social Media for Business” presentation by Presentation Advisors, via Sliderocket.

Slide 2: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, photo by Irina Zeylikovich 2013, CC BY NC SA 3.0

Slide 3: Impact image from altmetrics manifesto, CC BY SA.

Slide 4: The invention of printing – Gutenberg taking the first proof, courtesy Library of Congress

Slide 6:  “Data Overload” from Opensourceway on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Slide 7: “Paper Cone Coffee Filter” from Dan Gutwein on Flickr, CC BY NC SA 2.0.

Slide 8: Screen captures from ImpactStory, CC BY.

Slide 9: Screen captures from Altmetric © Altmetric 2013.

Slide 10: Plum Analytics screenshots from Plum Analytics and Slideshare, © Plum Analytics 2013.


Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions!


The featured image for this post is “Data Overload” from Opensourceway on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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