Moving on from my qualms about delicious’ shaky future, here’s a great article about alt-metrics and how academic scholarship and publishing is changing.
In growing numbers, scholars are moving their everyday work to the web. Online reference managers Zotero and Mendeley each claim to store over 40 million articles (making them substantially larger than PubMed); as many as a third of scholars are on Twitter, and a growing number tend scholarly blogs.
These new forms reflect and transmit scholarly impact: that dog-eared (but uncited) article that used to live on a shelf now lives in Mendeley, CiteULike, or Zotero–where we can see and count it. That hallway conversation about a recent finding has moved to blogs and social networks–now, we can listen in. The local genomics dataset has moved to an online repository–now, we can track it. This diverse group of activities forms a composite trace of impact far richer than any available before. We call the elements of this trace alt-metrics.
Speaking of moving scholarship online, our fine institution has just migrated the unsw repository of research output to a new user interface. Unsworks now has improved functionality and a more similar look and feel to existing library services. Explore it here.