Illustrated by Anthony Salvagno (me), session hosted by Euan Adie and Martin Fenner.

#sciencescribe Altmetrics session at #scio12

Illustrated by Anthony Salvagno (me), session hosted by Euan Adie and Martin Fenner.

Altmetrics are web analytics tools designed to accurately measure the true impact of modern scientific publications. The biggest criticism with peer review is a lot of the process is slow and dated and the major way to gauge usefulness of a publication is to measure impact factor which is just as skewed as the perception of peer review being critical today. I have a lot of interesting views on this that I won’t go into now, but you can read all about altmetrics here and find some cool modern tools that attempt to properly gauge impact here.

This session introduced the idea of alternative metrics and displayed the various tools that attempt to collect various data scattered throughout the web to gauge impact in a modern, insightful way. And above are my sketch notes from that session. Enjoy!