altmetrics = alternative + metrics
Altmetrics is a way of measuring and assessing the use of scholarly and research material through considering the many ways that researchers share and discuss their work. Citations and the h-index are important, but people share stories in many ways and we are starting to count them.
shares, likes, downloads, views, retweets, comments, and more
Catch up on the discussion:
Priem, J., Piwowar, H. A., & Hemminger, B. M. (2012). Altmetrics in the wild: Using social media to explore scholarly impact. arXiv preprint arXiv:1203.4745. http://arxiv.org/abs/1203.4745v1
Piwowar, H. (2013). Altmetrics: What, Why and Where? ASIS&T Bulletin. http://asis.org/Bulletin/Apr-13/AprMay13_Piwowar.html