Article-Level Metrics provide new ways to look at the impact of scholarly research. Two important concepts are a) to track metrics for individual scholarly articles instead of using numbers aggregated by journal, and b) to go beyond citations and also include usage stats and altmetrics.
Article-Level Metrics is also doing something else: instead of tracking impact by year, it looks at usage, altmetrics and citations in real-time. There might have been technical reasons to do so 20 years ago, but there really is no longer any reason why scholarly impact should be tracked on a yearly basis in 2013. Unfortunately there is one big stumbling block:
The publication date of a scholarly article is often difficult or impossible to obtain. Publication year may be the only available information.
A good example is CrossRef. They provide a lot of interesting metadata about an article and make this information available in a very nice search interface. But they only require the publisher to provide the publication year, information about the publication month and day is optional. There are many other examples of journals and services that just can’t tell you when exactly an article was published. This might have made sense when periodicals were printed on paper, but doesn’t work for digital content.
One Ring to Rule them All
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.Yesterday 60 years ago the first volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien was published. The quote above obviously doesn’t quiet apply to scholarly publishing, ...
Six Misunderstandings about Scholarly Markdown
In this post I want to talk about some of the misunderstandings I frequently encounter when discussing markdown as a format for authoring scholarly documents.Scholars will always use Microsoft WordMicrosoft Word is of course what almost all authors use ...
Self-motivated vs. mandated archiving
My post last week about citation rates of mandated vs. self-selected Open Access resulted in an interesting discussion thanks to some good arguments made by Stevan Harnad. One personal conclusion for me: mandates for self-archiving are not a good idea. ...