The field of altmetrics is fast-changing, with new research coming out weekly that gives us new insights as to altmetrics’ many meanings, interpretations, and uses.
Plus, altmetrics themselves are ever-changing: new data sources are constantly appearing and often being deprecated across the major altmetrics services.
Keeping up with all these changes can be a bit of a bear. We’ve compiled a list of resources (social media streams, conferences, journals, and researchers) that can help!
These resources are current as of August 2016.
Journals to read
High-quality altmetrics research is often published in the following journals:
- Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
- Journal of Informetrics
- PLOS ONE (specifically, the “altmetrics”, “bibliometrics”, and “social media” subject areas)
Frontiers in Research Metrics & Analytics is a recently launched journal that will likely include relevant altmetrics research, as well. Open Access altmetrics research is also often shared in the Digital Libraries section of Arxiv and on many researchers’ personal websites.
Researchers to follow
While many researchers dabble in altmetrics research, some scientometricians regularly publish valuable insights in the field. Here are a few to follow:
- Lutz Bornmann
- Timothy D. Bowman
- Rodrigo Costas
- Stefanie Haustein
- Kim Holmberg
- Isabella Peters
- Cassidy Sugimoto
- Mike Thelwall
- Zoreh Zahedi
The researchers listed above are by no means the only scholars contributing to altmetrics. We encourage you to explore the field further using article recommendation services like Sparrho and Google Scholar (and of course via good-old-fashioned expert search skills, which are in no short supply for librarians!)
Social media spaces to monitor
Twitter is the single best place to stay up-to-date with altmetrics research and industry news. Follow the #altmetrics and #altmetria hashtags, the Altmetric Ambassadors and Bibliometrics Experts lists, and the below Twitter accounts for the latest information:
- Ronaldo F. Araújo
- Isidro F. Aguillo
- Keita Bando
- Jason Priem
- Cassidy Sugimoto
- Organizational accounts from Altmetric, Impactstory, and Plum Analytics
Relevant research occasionally surfaces on Academia.edu’s “Altmetrics” section, as well.
Conferences to attend
There are a growing number of conferences devoted solely to altmetrics and the related fields of bibliometrics and webometrics:
- Altmetrics Conference (also known as the X:AM conference series): This meeting usually occurs in Europe in the autumn and includes a nice mix of librarians, researchers, and scientometricians.
- AltmetricsXX workshops: This one-day workshop is now paired with the Altmetrics Conference and highlights cutting-edge research in altmetrics. It is more research-heavy than the X:AM meeting.
- SIG METRICS workshop and ASIS&T Annual Conference: The ASIS&T
SIG METRICS interest group usually organizes a one-day workshop at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, where scientometrics research is shared in general. Altmetrics research is often presented here, and to a lesser extent, it is also included in the program of the larger ASIS&T Annual Conference.
- Science and Technology Indicators Conference and the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) Conference: These conferences are held throughout the world and often include altmetrics research in addition to bibliometrics and webometrics research.
If you are unable to attend these meetings in person, proceedings, recordings, and conference tweets can often be followed from afar. Check out each meeting’s website for more information.
The attitude to maintain
If there’s one thing that can help you stay up-to-date on altmetrics, it’s understanding that what we know about this data is likely to change a lot over time!
You should always keep challenging your own opinion of altmetrics, and regularly ask yourself: how has the field changed in the last few months? What research has emerged on the types of impact and altmetrics that are relevant to me? What’s changed in the altmetrics industry that’s worth knowing about?
Altmetrics is a fast-changing field of study. By following the recommendations above, you’ll be in-the-know on all major developments, in no time.
Do you have a favorite source of altmetrics news that we didn’t share here? Leave it in the comments below!