Understanding scholarly metrics (the measurement of the impact a particular journal or article has on a particular field of research), the tools available to determine metrics, and how to interpret metrics is complicated. There are many tools that can measure the impact of one’s work. None of them are “one-size-size fits-all” products, and as such, it is important to understand the strengths and weakness, the perspectives and angles, and the measurement methods for all of the existing metrics tools.
Recently, the Scholarly Communication, Copyright, and Publishing Program at Dartmouth launched a series of 30-minute drop-in sessions called “What’s the Buzz?: Publishing, Copyright, and Open Scholarship” where we talk about new tools and services to help everyone understand the scholarly publishing landscape a little better. Our next “Buzz session” will be on February 21st from 1:30-2:00pm (Novak 73 Study Room) and will provide an opportunity for you to explore with us a newly launched resource call the Metrics Toolkit.
Identifying the various ways to apply and understand scholarly metrics has been a daunting and nearly impossible endeavor, but last week, a group of scholarly communication, copyright and publishing professionals working under the support of a 2016 Force11 Pitch It! Innovation Grant as well as support from OHSU, IUPUI, and Altmetric released the Metrics Toolkit, “a resource built to help researchers and evaluators navigate the ever-changing research metrics landscape.” The Metrics Toolkit developers here describe this new resource below:
“The Metrics Toolkit includes 27 expert-written, time-saving summaries for the most popular research metrics including the Journal Impact Factor and Altmetric Attention Score. Even better, the Metrics Toolkit includes an app that can recommend discipline-specific metrics to satisfy your specific use cases.”
If you are interested in learning or talking more about the Metrics Toolkit, please join me on February 21st from 1:30-2:00pm in the Novak 73 study room. Bring your coffee or tea and I will bring the snacks!