Alternative Perspectives on Impact: The Potential of ALMs and Altmetrics to Inform Funders about Research Impact

Adam Dinsmore, Liz Allen, Kevin Dolby Plos Biology, 2014; Dinsmore A, Allen L, Dolby K (2014) Alternative Perspectives on Impact: The Potential of ALMs and Altmetrics to Inform Funders about Research Impact. PLoS Biol 12(11): e1002003. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio. 1002003 Alternative Perspectives on Impact: The Potential of ALMs and Altmetrics to Inform Funders about Research Impact

This article, written by Adam Dinsmore, Liz Allen and Kevin Dolby of Wellcome Trust, examines the potential value of article-level metrics (ALMs) or altmetrics to support organisational learning and funding. ALMs/altmetrics measure the usage and impact of individual scholarly articles.

With the migration of the academic literature from paper journals to online platforms there has been an emergence of a new class of alternative metrics. Dinsmore et al acknowledge that a toolbox of methods and approaches to track the reach, use, and reuse research outputs is required and ALMs/altmetrics are often equally applicable to other research outputs including datasets, code, and software.

While conventional citation data will continue to play a major role in research evaluation, the new metrics have the potential to provide a valuable complement to the insights revealed by traditional bibliometric indicators. 

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