Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Holmberg, Kim
Organisation University of Turku
Project title
The applicability of altmetrics for research assessment
Decision No. 332961
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 454 080
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
Researchers are increasingly using social media to discover new research opportunities, discuss research with colleagues and the public, and disseminate research information. These online events around scientific articles leave traces that can be tracked and analyzed in order to expose when, where, why, and how research has been discussed among different audiences and how it may have had some type of impact on people, potentially pointing to research that has had more impact on a wider audience beyond academia. Altmetrics proposes to investigate these online traces, with the assumption that these could ascertain something about new forms of scholarly communication and about the use of social media and other online sources for research assessment. This research will investigate characteristics of the individuals and the mechanisms generating the altmetric data and with that, provide better understanding of the use of altmetrics for research assessment.