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Alternative Metrics

Two Factors

Today's scholarly community is examining alternative metrics.

There are two contributing forces:

(1) qualitative analysis of researcher output for advancement in the academy

(2) quantitative assessment of grant funded projects by demonstrating a direct return on investments

Alternative Metrics Defined

Altmetrics is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship.

What, Why and Where?

"Alternative metrics — referred to as “altmetrics” — are a suite of assessment criteria and measures that are being developed, particularly in the scientific and academic communities, to assess the importance of a particular work of scholarly output in a new way."

Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of NISO

(National Information Standards Organization)