Announcing the Journal of Altmetrics!

Tuesday 14 August

A guest post from Judit Bar-Ilan, Editor-in-Chief

We are pleased to announce the launch of The Journal of Altmetrics. The journal, which will be dedicated to research articles on or using altmetrics data, marks the transformation of the field. 
Altmetrics, a variety of alternative metrics aiming to capture the impact of research in academia and society, was envisioned almost a decade ago and has since seen remarkable growth. The number of articles, books and book chapters as well as conference papers analyzing altmetrics data or discussing related indicators has grown to more than 1,000 in a very short period of time.
This growth and the overall increasing attention to the topic motivated us to launch a journal that will focus on altmetrics and help advance the field further.

I am the editor-in-chief, joined by world-renowned researchers in the fields of bibliometrics, scientometrics and altmetrics as editorial board members. This blog post introduces the journal and invites you to submit and publish with us.

The journal is supported and hosted on The Levy Library Press, which is a part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. In order to encourage innovation and ensure access equality, the journal will operate as an Open Access and free to both authors and readers for at least 2 years. The journal will track attention, usage, readership and (of course!) a variety of altmetric indicators, such as social and news media mentions, as well as citations using DOIs to its publications.

The journal welcomes original articles on a variety of topics including altmetrics data analytics of research output using usage, social media mentions, news mentions, readership and other altmetrics data. It also seeks publications comparing altmetrics data to traditional metrics, as well as articles that discuss the development of altmetrics research indicators. The journal is open to papers applying quantitative and/or qualitative methods. Theoretical papers are also welcome. To sum up, the journal’s approach to altmetrics is holistic.

With this launch, the Journal of Altmetricst joins an important line of journals dedicated to the study of science and scientific output. We hope that the journal will become a dynamic and innovative hub for future altmetrics based research that captures the impact and significance of scientific output as well as its influence on society at large.

We look forward to receiving your next altmetrics related article to be reviewed by our journal! Details of how to submit can be found on the journal’s website at http://journalofaltmetrics.org/.


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