Traditionally, bibliometrics refers to the branch of library science concerned with the application of mathematical and statistical analysis to bibliography; the statistical analysis of books, articles, or other publications. ("bibliometrics, n.". OED Online. December 2011. Oxford University Press.) In other words, it is data about publications, or citation frequency.
Altmetrics are measures of research impact that supplement citations. New forms of scholarly communication and new communication technologies allow researcher to better understand how their work is being discussed, shared, saved, read, and reused by other scholars and the public--thereby broadening the definition of "impact". Altmetrics allow researchers to focus less on what outlet they've published in and more on the effects their studies are having on the real world. The University of Pittsburgh has partnered with Plum Analytics to provide alternative methods of measuring research output.
Bibliometric and altmetric data, when used responsibly and in context, can be used as evidence of impact in grant, job or promotion applications.
Citation databases and tools tracking use of research outputs in social networks can be valuable in providing evidence of the volume and impact of research activity both within the scholarly community (research impact) and in a broader community (social impact).
The University Library System provides bibliometric services for faculty and researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.
We can help you gather and analyze statistics that track the impact of your research or that of your peer groups.
Contact us to ask a question, set up a consultation, or find out about training opportunities.
Browse our research guides at http://library.pitt.edu/bibliometric-services for guidance and resources on various bibliometrics topics.
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The visualization was developedEC3 Research Group (Grupo de Evaluación de la Ciencia y la Comunicación Científica). Universidad de Granada. Campus de Cartuja s/n. Granada (España). It shows a word cloud of the keywords used by the researchers with a public Google Scholar Citations profile. Size indicates frequency of use.