About FImpact and altmetrics

As citation-based research evaluation is increasingly criticized, some alternative or complementary sources of data about research impact are being investigated under the umbrella term altmetrics. The idea with altmetrics is that the mentions and other indicators of awareness and attention (e.g., number of tweets, comments, mentions, blog entries, and social bookmarks) a research article and other research products receive on the web and in social media could tell something about the impact or influence of that research. While citations can only tell something about scientific impact of research, as acknowledged by other researchers, research in general can have multiple audiences and impact far beyond academia. By investigating novel data sources on the web in general and in social media in particular for mentions of research products we can obtain a more nuanced understanding of where and how research has had an impact.