As an emerging measure of research impact, altmetrics are still viewed with skepticism by some corners of the academy. Can altmetrics really uncover useful and high-quality research? How are scientists and humanists actually using altmetrics for professional advancement? How seriously will grant reviewers, tenure and promotion committees, and your colleagues take altmetrics? In this session, researchers will share their uncensored experiences using altmetrics to advance their careers: what worked, what didn't, and recommendations they have for others interested in using these and other emerging measures of research impact.
Using altmetrics to track open science activities
Open science and open source software are laudable goals, but these activities are not typically rewarded or encouraged in the same manner as traditional scientific metrics (Nature/Science publications, citation counts, and H-indexes). However, engaging with open source products and activities can effectively advance your career and expand your professional network. Here, I will discuss how I have leveraged altmetrics to track the dissemination of software development projects and web-based scientific activities.
Exploring the meaning of altmetrics
University of Montreal
Demonstrating impact as a practitioner-scholar
IUPUI University Library
Librarians have a unique perspective on the scholarly ecosystem as authors, consumers, and stewards. This perspective, combined with our roles in collecting and curating information, enables librarians to identify changes in policy, practice, and technology that can improve the openness, transparency, and sustainability of the scholarly ecosystem. It also reveals opportunities for aligning institutional and professional incentives with these changes. I will share examples of evidence used in my promotion and tenure dossier to demonstrate how librarian practitioner-scholars can be both advocates and exemplars for the changes we want to see in open access, data, and educational resources.