Traditionally, the volume of work published by scientists is evaluated in order to represent their scientific productivity and perception. Indicators such as the impact factor show how frequently the articles of a journal are cited. However, such classical bibliometric indicators can only be applied to publications in science journals. Alternative indicators known as altmetrics are necessary in order to measure impact in the digital world with its science blogs, networks, and databases. These indicators measure, for example, the number of article downloads and level of dissemination in social media. Jülich’s Central Library has been commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to compile a feasibility study for the application of altmetrics in science management in order to answer the question of whether almetrics can provide reliable information on the range of research coverage in public discussion and its effect on society. To this end, in 2016 the Central Library entered into a collaboration with the British data provider Altmetric.com.
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