Cool Toys Pic of the day – ReaderMeter ( #scio11 and #alt-metrics )


ReaderMeter is one of the many cool toys I discovered this past
weekend while attending the Science Online 2011 (#scio11) via their
stream. More on SCIO later and elsewhere. Meanwhile, ReaderMeter is
something I think all researchers and librarians will find of

Basically, the background is that there have evolved over the past few
decades a number of approaches to telling what research is best, most
authoritative, most original, most influential. These methods include,
but are not limited to, citation reports, impact factors, h-index, and
others. None of them are perfect. Editors, publishers, researchers and
tenure committees have frequent and sometimes bitter arguments about
which is best, when, and why. So far, I haven’t heard of any solid

With the advance of social media and science 2.0, one of the issues
commonly raised is whether influence within the print academic record
is the only or most effective way to measure the influence of
scholarly work. How many times is an article tweeted or posted to
Facebook? How vigorous is the discussion about it on Nature Networks
or in Friendfeed? How would we even find out? Beyond the influence of
an article or researcher on the rest of the research community, there
is the added issue how many times an article is covered in the press
and popular media or its influence on the general public.

ALT-metrics is a new approach to trying to address these concerns.
ReaderMeter is one new tool that attempts to incorporate a portion of
the suggestions. ReaderMeter is based on Mendeley data, use, and
community activity. As you can see from the screenshots, it provides
some fairly rich and interesting analysis. Check it out!


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