Altmetrics

Rodrigo Costas from CWTS and Flootje Flippo from Elsevier are visiting the Royal School of Library and Information Science (IVA). They will be holding public lectures about Altmetrics and the development of new measures of research performance.

Topics

1. Mendeley and Elsevier: additional data insights and involvement in the
    development of metrics

    Ms Floortje Flippo (Elsevier BV, The Netherlands)

Floortje Flippo is a Solution Sales Manager for Research Management solutions for the Nordics and BeNeLux at Elsevier.

Floortje Flippo has been with Elsevier for almost a decade and worked in various roles in Northern and Eastern Europe. She has a background in marketing and economics, before working at Elsevier she co-owned a small company importing goods from Southeast Asia.

Short abstract

After a short history on how Mendeley came about,  followed by an introduction of Mendeley's diverse functions, we'll dive a bit deeper into the integrations with different databases and the specific tools for librarians in Mendeley. Second part of the session will be around the further development of metrics, like the Snowball Metrics Initiative and the Metrics Development Program

2. A new landscape of sources and metrics: the emergence of 'altmetrics'

    Dr. Rodrigo Costas (Center for Science & Technology Studies, The Netherlands).

Short abstract

This lecture discusses the new landscape of sources and tools that make possible to monitor how research findings are 'read' in Mendeley, 'tweeted' in Twitter, 'shared' in Facebook or 'mentioned' in blogs, magazines or newspapers, which have encouraged the development of the so-called 'altmetrics'.

Currently, one of the most important questions regarding altmetrics is what is their real usefulness for research evaluation or decision making? Do they have the potential to be incorporated in university-wide or even national systems of impact measurements? And what are the potential opportunities, risks and disadvantages of these new tracking tools and metrics based on them? Basically, in what sense do these new metrics have the ability to deliver meaningful indicators of 'alternative' impact?

This lecture will discuss some of these questions, offering a critical view on these new tools and metrics.