The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) recently announced publication of a special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on altmetrics. Guest Content Editor for the Summer 2013 issue of ISQ is Martin Fenner, Technical Lead, Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS). The articles he has assembled look at emerging best practices and challenges around the use of altmetrics.
The first article, Consuming Article-Level Metrics: Observations and Lessons, discusses the issues encountered when using scripting interfaces to obtain data from the largest article-level metrics providers: Altmetric, ImpactStory, Plum Analytics and PLOS. Scott Chamberlain of Simon Fraser University looks at commonalities and differences in consistency, provenance, and context, and cautions about combining data across providers.
Institutional Altmetrics and Academic Libraries, an article by Robin Chin Roemer (University of Washington Libraries) and Rachel Borchardt (American University) looks at how altmetrics has begun to address the needs of institutions, and the roles librarians can play in enhancing and promoting their usefulness.
Three additional articles provide case studies for the way altmetrics are being used today.
ISQ is available in open access in electronic format on the NISO website. Both the entire Summer 2013 Altmetrics issue and the individual articles may be freely downloaded.
Print copies are available by subscription and as print on demand. For more information and to access the free electronic version, visit: http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2013/.
Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library, published an article on altmetrics in the June issue of News from the Libraries.
Adapted from a piece by Cynthia Hodgson, ISQ Managing Editor