Metrics Literacy

Metrics Literacy

The Metrics Literacy project seeks to improve the way in which researchers and research support staff (e.g., research managers, research librarians, science communicators and funding organizations) can be trained to ensure that scholarly metrics are applied and interpreted appropriately. It aims to reduce misuse of indicators, such as the impact factor and h-index, and the application of quantitative measurements in inapt contexts. Based on an environmental scan of the current metrics landscape, the project intends to identify audio-visual resources and best practices and create new multimedia material (including videos, infographics and 3D prints), which educate researchers and support staff about research metrics. Currently available resources with the objective to improve the understanding and appropriate use of scholarly metrics include the Leiden Manifesto, Metrics Toolkit and the recently published Measuring Research handbook in Oxford University Press’ What Everyone Needs to Know series. The Metrics Literacy project seeks to develop online resources, which aim to convey the meaning and suitable areas of application of various scholarly indicators in an easy-to-understand fashion. Resources are targeted at specific audiences (e.g., researchers) and address one of five main questions and four fields of application (i.e., usage metrics, altmetrics, bibliometrics, patento- and techno-metrics). The project relies on resources from the #ScholCommLab, the CIRST as well as the University of Ottawa’s Tinkering Lab at the Learning Crossroads (CRX) and Atelier coFab to display and print three-dimensional co-authorship, citation and Twitter diffusion networks. Results of the Metrics Literacy project will be disseminated in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences and be made available online using the Software Carpentry framework. The project intends to improve metrics literacy in academia and inform current scientometric research about the use of scholarly metrics.

I am currently applying for grants to fund the Metrics Literacy project.



Juan Pablo Alperin, Simon Fraser University (Canada)

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