CFP: altmetrics11: Tracking scholarly impact on the social Web

Jason Priem priem at EMAIL.UNC.EDU
Thu Feb 24 02:38:48 EST 2011

Hi fellow *metricians,
Feel free to redistribute this, and to email me with any questions. -j

altmetrics11: Tracking scholarly impact on the social Web
Koblenz (Germany), 14-15 June 2011
An ACM Web Science Conference 2011 Workshop [1]

Keynote speaker:
Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton: "Evaluating online evidence 
of research impact"

Call for papers:
The increasing quantity and velocity of scientific output is presenting 
scholars with a deluge of data. There is growing concern that scholarly 
output may be swamping traditional mechanisms for both pre-publication 
filtering (e.g peer review) and post-publication impact filtering (e.g. 
the Journal Impact Factor).

Increasing scholarly use of Web2.0 tools like CiteULike, Mendeley, 
Twitter, and blog-style article commenting presents an opportunity to 
create new filters. Metrics based on a diverse set of social sources 
could yield broader, richer, and more timely assessments of current and 
potential scholarly impact. Realizing this, many authors have begun to 
call for investigation of these “altmetrics” [2].

Despite the growing speculation and early exploratory investigation into 
the value of altmetrics, however, there remains little concrete research 
into the properties of these metrics: their validity, their potential 
value and flaws, and their relationship to established measures. Nor has 
there been any large umbrella to bring these multiple perspectives 
together. The altmetrics11 workshop aims to  encourage both these. 
Submissions are invited from a variety of areas:
     * New metrics based on social media
     * Tracking science communication on the Web
     * Relation between traditional metrics and altmetrics
     * Peer-review and altmetrics
     * Tools for gathering, analyzing, disseminating altmetrics

Important Dates:
2-page abstracts due                      March 31, 2011
Acceptance and abstract publication       April 14, 2011
Open pre-workshop discussion              April 14, 2011 – June 14, 
2011Workshop at WebSci 11                 June 14 – June 15, 2011
Discussion closed                         June 30, 2011
Invitations for post-workshop proceedings TBA

Prospective authors should submit 2-page extended abstracts (max. 1000 
words, not including references). If necessary, the workshop organizers 
will select the most relevant, original, and significant abstracts for 
presentation. Experimental results will be given preference, followed by 
technical reports on working altmetrics tools and position papers. All 
selected submissions will be published online for open peer review and 
discussion. Authors are encouraged to participate in the discussions of 
their work. Based on the presentations and online discussion, selected 
authors may be asked to submit full papers for peer-reviewed proceedings.

The workshop is hosted by the ACM Web Science Conference 2011 (Koblenz, 
Germany). This interdisciplinary conference focuses on advances in 
studying the full range of social-technical relationships on the Web. 
Please visit the Web Science site for more information.

     * Paul Groth –  VU University Amsterdam, NL
     * Jason Priem – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
     * Dario Taraborelli – Wikimedia Foundation, USA & University of 
Surrey, UK
The organizers have an interdisciplinary background covering Sociology, 
Information and Library Science and Computer Science.

[2] (includes bibliography)
Jason Priem
UNC Royster Fellow
School of  Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jason Priem
UNC Royster Fellow
School of  Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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