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Ask Stacy Konkiel Anything on Reddit – Tuesday May 10

Stacy Konkiel, 5th May 2016

Cross-posted and adapted from the Digital Science blog on 25th April 2016

The Reddit Ask Me Anything forum is a great way to engage and interact with subject experts in a direct and honest Q&A, asking those burning questions you’ve always wanted to get their perspective on! Mark Hahnel, the founder of Figshare, Euan Adie, the founder of Altmetric and John Hammersley, co-founder of Overleaf, have also all participated in this popular discussion forum.

Following their lead, on Tuesday 10th May at 6pm UK time / 1pm EST I will be taking part in an AMA on the AskScience subreddit.

I plan to talk about what the metrics and indicators we like to rely upon in science (impact factor, altmetrics, citation counts, etc) to understand “broader impact” and “intellectual merit,” are actually measuring what we purport they measure.

I’m not sure they do! Right now, I think we’re just using rough proxies to understand influence and attention. We’re in danger of abusing the metrics that are supposed to save us all (altmetrics) just like we have done with the journal impact factor.

Though I am excited to talk about improving measures of research impact, I’m also open to taking other relevant questions. Please join me!

If you wish to participate in the Ask Me Anything, you will need to register with Reddit. There will also be some live tweeting from @altmetric and @digitalsci, and questions on the #AskStacyAltmetric hashtag, so keep your eyes peeled!

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