“The Use of Altmetrics in Promotion and Tenure” published in Educause Review
An article I co-authored along with Cassidy Sugimoto (Indiana University) and Sierra Williams (LSE Impact Blog) was recently published in the Educause Review.
From the intro: “Promotion and tenure decisions in the United States often rely on various scientometric indicators (e.g., citation counts and journal impact factors) as a proxy for research quality and impact. Now a new class of metrics — altmetrics — can help faculty provide impact evidence that citation-based metrics might miss: for example, the influence of research on public policy or culture, the introduction of lifesaving health interventions, and contributions to innovation and commercialization. But to do that, college and university faculty and administrators alike must take more nuanced, responsible, and informed approaches to using metrics for promotion and tenure decisions”