Ehsan Mohammadi's blog

Measuring Non-standard research impact?

Citation analysis is the dominate method for research assessment but it is not perfect. Although citation-based metrics have been improved to evaluate research performance more effectively, all the measures have some inherent limitations rooted in the nature of citation practice. Altmetrics is a new movement which tries to find complementary measures for traditional metrics based on scholars’ activities on the social web platforms. In my PhD project I focus on new measure to capture non-traditional research impact based on altmetrics tools. For instance, in a case study we realized that highlighting key features of medical articles alongside ratings by F1000 experts, a post publishing peer review system, could be useful to reveal some hidden value of some medical papers. Moreover, in a large-scales study we found significant but not strong correlations between Mendeley bookmarks data and citation counts for ten social sciences and humanities disciplines and it means that these two metrics don’t measure the same research impact.

Ehsan Mohammadi

FORCE11 Member since March 15, 2013
  • Organization/Institution: Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group in University of Wolverhampton


Ehsan is a PhD candidate at the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group of Wolverhampton University. He is interested in validating new metrics rather than citation analysis for research evaluation. Ehsan aims to find and evaluate the social web-based metrics for research assessment, namely scientometrics 2.0,altmetrics, beyond Impact, and then validate these variables via comparison to traditional measures.

Ehsan holds a master of library and information science. In the master dissertation, key word co-occurrence was used to delineate science map of Nano science and technology. Prior to doctoral studies, he was a sales manager at IINGroups, an agent of famous publishers which provides electronic information resources and digital library solutions to a variety of customers in academic and R&D sectors. Previously, he served more than five years as an information specialist in different roles including online information manager, reference librarian, and webmaster in several academic libraries.