Altmetric in the News

25 June 2019 – London, UK — Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has announced its annual research grant for 2019 has been awarded to a team of Baylor University researchers for the project, “Identifying a Possible Suite of (alt)metrics for Creative and Performing Arts Faculty.”

Launched in 2016, the Altmetric Annual Research Grant awards up to $2,000 each year to support a project in the altmetrics space, with the aim of facilitating research that would not otherwise be possible.

This year’s grant opportunity focused on altmetrics and the arts and humanities. The selected proposal was authored by Christina Chan-Park, Clayton Crenshaw, and Sha Towers of Baylor University Libraries.

The research team will study the ways in which creative and performing arts research in the form of musical compositions, gallery exhibitions, set designs, recitals, and other such outputs can be tracked to understand their scholarly and public impacts. In particular, the researchers will identify and describe possible types of data that arts faculty consider meaningful for discovering and showcasing the impact of their outputs, thus establishing an assessment toolbox for their use.

Speaking about the grant, Dr. Chan-Park said, “Universities continue to use data to highlight the impact of their faculty, and creative and performing arts faculty can be at a disadvantage because their work may not have traditional citation data.  We appreciate support from Altmetric to investigate the feasibility of collecting data that showcases the contributions of arts faculty.”

Altmetric’s Director of Research & Education Stacy Konkiel added, “Altmetric is pleased to support some of the first research into altmetrics for the arts. We are proud to partner with researchers who share our desire to foster greater recognition for creative and performing arts scholarship.”

Updates on the project’s progress will be posted on the Altmetric blog, and all results of the research will be made openly available at the end of the project.



Research team: Christina Chan-Park,
Altmetric: Stacy Konkiel,

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