#Altmetrics Coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education
This week’s Chronicle of Higher Education includes extensive coverage of the topic of altmetrics by Jennifer Howard. There are two companion stories, but the main one is “Rise of ‘Altmetrics’ Revives Questions About How to Measure Impact of Research.” If you can get access to the Chronicle, this main story can be found here. I spoke to Ms. Howard during her research and was quoted in the story. My discussions with her drew upon the collaborative work of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Office of Scholarly Publishing (at Indiana University) as well as my participation in campus events focused on the reassessment of tenure and promotion guidelines. As might be suggested from the quotations that she shared, our discussions sat on the border between the altmetrics discussion and a neighboring conversation–what is increasingly being discussed as the “what counts?” issue. The later theme concerns questions of genre in scholarly communication under significantly changing circumstances. My hope is that Ms. Howard will have a chance to return to the later theme in future work. She is a fine communicator and a great observer of academic publishing, technology, the digital humanities and neighboring realms. If you can access it, please check out her stories. They are a helpful introduction to the places where we are now.
Now, if Jennifer Howard could only get straight the difference between the reference “citations” database, PubMed, and the repository, PubMed Central (now commonly called PMC)…In her other June 3rd, Chronicle article, “Reliance on 3rd-Party Data Creates Uncertainty for ‘Altmetrics’ Providers”, she writes: “PubMed Central, which contains more than 21 million citations in biomedical fields, and the PMC full-text archive of biomedical and life-sciences journal articles run by the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine”