Altmetrics offers an alternative to the traditional ways of measuring the impact of a scholar's work. In particular, proponents of altmetrics argue that to measure a researcher's influence it is important to account for his/her work's circulation across the social Web. For example, an article may be blogged about, talked about on Twitter, make an appearance on YouTube, or be repeatedly bookmarked.
Altmetric, a London--based company, published 2020 Top 100, a list of academic papers that garnered the most attention online, as captured by altmetrics.
Since their introduction, altmetrics have been receiving plenty of attention. The following is a list of recent articles and blog posts about altmetrics.
The Chronicle of Higher Education published a piece about altmetrics in June of 2013.
Nick Scott's critique of altmetrics on the London School of Economics and Political Science blog raises a few good points about their limitations.
To learn more about altmetrics, please visit read a manifesto that explains why traditional measurements no longer suffice to establish scholarly work's influence and impact.
The June 2013 issue of College & Research Libraries News features an overview of the concept.
Altmetrics.org also maintains a list of media coverage this emerging concept has been receiving. To read what others have written about altmetrics, please click here.
And to read about a recent project here at CUNY, see this article.