As researchers, we have many impacts that aren't currently well-reported. Our papers are read, our software is used, our datasets support new research, our blogs and tweets spawn and grow scholarly conversations, and our findings are re-used to create technology and treatments which improve the human condition. Measurements of citation, the current gold standard, capture none of this. In the last few years, growing numbers of people have been talking supplementing citations with altmetrics: measures of research impacts mining online tools including Twitter, blogs, Mendeley, and more. Today, there are several tools--including total-impact and altmetric.com--that can be used by working researchers to gather these metrics. We'll take a look at these tools, and talk about how we can use their data to help understand our own broader impacts. We'll also talk about how we can use that data to help more effectively convey our impacts to others who wish to build upon our work, including fellow scientists, evaluators,companies, and funders.
- What kind of scholarly impacts matter? Which ones aren't being rewarded?
- What tools can help me gather my own altmetrics? What are their respective strengths and weaknesses?
- What's the relationship between impact and influence? Authoritative vs. Influential?
- What's the role of non-academic researchers?
- How do we best report altmetrics?
- How can we best bring our social media impacts to the attention of evaluators?