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Wiley Begins Trial of Alternative Metrics on Subscription and Open Access Articles

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. began a trial of Altmetric, a service that tracks and measures the impact of scholarly articles and datasets on both traditional and social media. The 6-month trial will run on a number of subscription and open access journals published by Wiley, including Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, BJU International, Brain and Behavior, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, and EMBO Molecular Medicine.

As part of the trial, Altmetric will track social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, blogs, newspapers, magazines, and online reference managers such as Mendeley and CiteULike for mentions of scholarly articles published in the journals included in the trial. Altmetric will create and display a score for each article measuring the quality and quantity of attention that the particular article has received. The Altmetric score is based on three main factors: the number of individuals mentioning a paper, where the mentions occurred, and how often the author of each mention talks about the article.

Article-level metrics are emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are shared, used, and discussed. These are being used in conjunction with more traditional metrics focused on long-term impact of a collection of articles found in a journal based on the number of citations.

Altmetric is a system that tracks the attention that scholarly articles and datasets receive online by pulling in data from three main sources: social media sites and blogs, traditional media, and online reference managers. Altmetric cleans up and normalizes the data from these sources, then makes it available for analysis. A key difference between Altmetric and other social media-monitoring services is that Altmetric will disambiguate links to articles: It knows that even though some tweets might link to a PubMed abstract, newspapers to the publisher’s site, and blog posts to a link, they’re all talking about the same paper.

Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 

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