5 Years of Altmetrics

Monday 06 August 2018

5 Years of Altmetrics


Wow, 5 years! Back in 2013 we ran the first ever Altmetrics Conference in London, and it seems only right that 5 years later we return, thanks this time to the generous support of the School of Advanced Study - our hosts for this year’s event!

Altmetrics have come a long way since those early days: from what was a push towards showcasing the online reach and influence of research driven primarily by publishers, now we see the data being used more and more to identify new audiences, provide evidence of broader impacts in funding applications, and by researchers looking to understand and showcase the attention surrounding their work.

There’ll also be some fresh ideas, though - a panel exploring how annotations might fit into the picture promises to provoke some interesting possibilities, and translating numbers to narratives and stories that resonate will also be investigated.

The data itself and the way it’s made available has changed dramatically too. Established providers such as Altmetric and Plum Analytics have added new sources that provide richer context and additional indicators of influence, and emerging services such as Crossref Event Data and Cobaltmetrics are reimagining how the data can be collected and accessed. 

This year’s conference will pick up on many of the themes that have been discussed before: the role of altmetrics in research evaluation, how publishers and institutions can engage end users, and an update of some of the latest thinking and research in the field. 

Never ones to shy away from a controversial idea, a session looking at the politics of altmetrics will no doubt lead to some unexpected outcomes, and some quick thoughts on the future of altmetrics should see us well into the months to come.

From previous years we know it’s the interaction outside of normal remits, the opportunity to learn from people you wouldn’t normally come across, and the chance to have your say on initiatives that could significantly influence the future of how we understand and engage with research that really make this meeting special.

So, we hope to see you in London! Whether you’re a researcher, a librarian, an editor, in marketing, funding or corporate R&D, we invite you to join us on the 26th and 27th of September for what’s sure to be another great few days - book your place today!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the Altmetrics18 workshop, taking place at the same venue the day before the main conference. It’s the place to be if you’re working in altmetrics or scientometrics research.

We’re also hoping to host a hands-on day for learning more about how to use altmetrics and engage end users on Friday the 28th - more details to come!