social web metrics of impact: altmetrics11, deadline extended

Jason Priem priem at EMAIL.UNC.EDU
Wed Mar 23 19:33:31 EDT 2011

The deadline for extended abstracts has been extended to April 8; we're 
getting lots of response from folks interested in Science 2.0; we'd love 
to have more work from scientometricians and bibliometricians, as well.

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 altmetrics 11 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                          * April 8 *, 2011
Acceptance and abstract publication             April 14, 2011
Open pre-workshop discussion                    April 14, 2011 – June 
14, 2011
Workshop at WebSci 11                           June 14 – June 15, 2011
Discussion closed                               June 30, 2011
Invitations for post-workshop proceedings       TBA

Prospective authors should email 2-page extended abstracts (max. 1000 
words, not including references) to altmetrics11 at 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
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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