From Paul Wouters et al. in Nature.com:
Global efforts are afoot to create a constructive role for journal metrics in scholarly publishing and to displace the dominance of impact factors in the assessment of research. To this end, a group of bibliometric and evaluation specialists, scientists, publishers, scientific societies and research-analytics providers are working to hammer out a broader suite of journal indicators, and other ways to judge a journal’s qualities. It is a challenging task: our interests vary and often conflict, and change requires a concerted effort across publishing, academia, funding agencies, policymakers and providers of bibliometric data.
Here we call for the essential elements of this change: expansion of indicators to cover all functions of scholarly journals, a set of principles to govern their use and the creation of a governing body to maintain these standards and their relevance.
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Source: Rethinking impact factors: better ways to judge a journal
We have opened the General Issue for Volume 7 of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC), and have published 7 new articles. JLSC invites new submissions to the journal – please see the author guidelines for details.
- Strategies for Supporting OER Adoption through Faculty and Instructor Use of a Federated Search Tool (Talea Anderson and Chelsea Leachman)
- When a Repository Is Not Enough: Redesigning a Digital Ecosystem to Serve Scholarly Communication (Robin R. Sewell, Sarah Potvin, Pauline Melgoza, James Silas Creel, Jeremy T. Huff, Gregory T. Bailey, John Bondurant, Sean Buckner, Anton R. duPlessis, Lisa Furubotten, Julie A. Mosbo Ballestro, Ian W. Muise, and Brian J. Wright)
Brief Reviews of Books and Product
Source: Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
From Colby Lewis via Information Technology and Libraries:
“The last literature review of research on the existence of an open access citation advantage (OACA)
was published in 2011 by Philip M. Davis and William H. Walters. This paper reexamines the
conclusions reached by Davis and Walters by providing a critical review of OACA literature that has
been published since 2011 and explores how increases in open access publication trends could serve
as a leveraging tool for libraries against the high costs of journal subscriptions.”
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Source: The Open Access Citation Advantage: Does It Exist and What Does It Mean for Libraries? | Lewis | Information Technology and Libraries
A new report with some interesting findings about faculty use of bibliometrics:
Google Scholar was the most frequently used tool for bibliometrics, with 85% of the respondents reporting its use. All faculty age 30 or under reported using Google Scholar with this percentage declining to 77% of faculty 60 years and over.
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Source: International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of Bibliometric Ratings, Identifiers & Indicators – Primary Research Group
Author: Elizabeth Joan Kelly
Abstract: Altmetrics are an alternative to traditional measurement of the impact of published resources. While altmetrics are primarily used by researchers and institutions to measure the impact of scholarly publications online, they can also be used by archives to measure the impact of their diverse online holdings, including digitized and born-digital collections, digital exhibits, repository websites, and online finding aids. Furthermore, altmetrics may fill a need for user engagement assessments for cultural heritage organizations. This article introduces the concept of altmetrics for archives and discusses barriers to adoption, best practices for collection, and potential further areas of study.
Citation: Kelly, Elizabeth Joan (2017) “Altmetrics and Archives,” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 4 , Article 1. Available at: http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol4/iss1/1
Source: Altmetrics and Archives
From Catherine Williams of Altmetric, via the SCHOLCOMM listserv:
Tune in to all of the sessions via the links below to hear about the latest
altmetrics developments and research, plus practical case studies of
institutions, publishers and others using these data in their day-to-day
Wednesday, September 27: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/12/Live/1695.aspx
Thursday, September 28th: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/12/Live/1696.aspx
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Source: scholcomm – [SCHOLCOMM] Tune in to the 4:AM altmetrics conference live! – arc
4:AM Toronto, Canada – September 26-29 2017
Conference digest here: