Altmetrics offer a new way to analyze the impact of scholarly research. I would like to explore what altmetrics are exactly and how are the being used. What tools can you use to track altmetrics? We can look into tools like Altmetric, ImpactStory, and PlumAnalytics. What are the risk and rewards of relying on altmetrics? What are the advantages and disadvantages of altmetrics, in terms of timeliness, impact of non-publication research outputs, and gaming the system? Will this change scholarly publishing in the future? How might individual scholars and their departments use and respond to altmetrics? I want to take this as an opportunity to learn and share about altmetrics and generate ideas for use and their impact.
You can read the classic altmetrics manifesto here.