Many of us at the ISU Library are fans of altmetrics. We hold workshops on the topic and love to show people just how cool altmetrics are. But there’s a new problem on the altmetrics horizon: lack of transparency.
One of the reasons I rallied behind altmetrics was because unlike most other research performance metrics (such as JIF, H-index calculations, etc.) I could easily access all of the data and come to my own conclusions about what it means. Altmetrics also has a lot of value-added data in that many of the data points (shares, tweets, blog posts, news coverage, etc.) are commentary or conversational – you can see what people and organizations are saying about your research, not just that they cited it – and that kind of information is often more valuable than sheer numbers.
So, why am I worried then? Well it’s because of a fairly recent change one of the major altmetrics players has made… Continue reading