Profile-Elizabeth "Liz

Against the Grain, Jul 2016

Published on 07/14/16

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Profile-Elizabeth "Liz

Profi le-Elizabeth "Liz" Lorbeer 0 Associate Professor & Associate Director for Content Management University of Alabama at Birmingham LHL 250B , 1720 Second Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35294-0013 Phone: (205) 934-2460 • Fax: (205) 934-3545 , USA How the Journal impact Factor ... from page 14 is the Eigenfactor (, a metric that measures the influence of scholarly journals and is also included in Thomson Scientific’s Journal Citation Report. It is based on an algorithm that evaluates the networks between journals and attempts to “identify the most influential journals, where a journal is considered to be influential if it is cited often by other influential journals.”4 Two other tools that challenge the JIF, found in the Scopus database, are Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SJR). Using the SNIP and SJR metrics theoretically offers a more normalized approach to selecting journal titles, but both have not been widely marketed to librarians as more effective than the JIF. In April 2012, the latest contenders from Google Scholar emerged: the h5-index and the h5-median. Based on the h-index, which was developed by Jorge e . Hirsh to measure productivity and impact, both are Google Scholar’s attempts to help authors “gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.”5 The top scholarly publications in English, in addition to other languages, can be found on the Google Scholar Metrics Website. What makes this list interesting is its inclusion of open electronic print Websites, such as and RePEc, as well as titles published by STM publishers. With the prevalence of social media, this has led to journals and their publishers being able to market and deliver their content faster than the traditional online abstracting and indexing services. Publishers are marketing their authors by producing podcasts discussing their research. The tables of content services are being replaced with Facebook profiles and the sharing of citations at online reference manager websites. Reading has become more intimate, in that you now know what your peers and students are reading by their digital footprint and thumbs up or down. Most sites allow users to comment on a paper and reaffirm the findings or refute the methodology or results. I recently read an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research about Tweets having the ability to predict citations. The author, g unther e ysenbach, writes that “twimpact factor may be a useful and timely metric to measure uptake of research findings and to filter research findings resonating with the public in real time.”6 Social media is changing the dynamics of scholarship in that scientific authors have alternative venues in which to publish their research in progress. As authors work to craft their final manuscripts for publication, they are using online reference managers to store articles and share data and ideas with one another. Altmetrics, a Rumors from page 12 Just heard from the incredibly energetic and smart Karen christensen that the entire six-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Against the Grain / September 2012 against the grain people profile L Born and lived: Born in Buffalo, NY. Lived in Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; and now Birmingham, AL. (Yes, I do miss the snow). early life: Travelling with my parents throughout the U.S. professional career and activities: I procure and manage content for a large biomedical library, work on digital curation projects, occasionally teach, consult, and mentor library science students. family: Married with two children. L pets: Two poodles, a canary, and some goldfish. in my spare time: I lift weights at the local YMCA. favorite Books: I’m actually a magazine and newspaper junkie with over 20 active subscriptions. The mail carrier once asked me if I ran a beauty parlor out of my home! pet peeves: philosophy: boss. Paper jams left in the printer. Be kind. Smile. Respect your most memora Ble career achievement: I realized that if today was my last day in librarianship, I’ve already had an incredible career. how/where do i see the industry in five: If we can implement a cost-controlled demanddriven acquisition model for journal articles, it will be dubbed the “Modified Big Deal.” new contender in the metrics field, is measuring the impact of an author’s paper in the social networking sites.7 This new metric goes beyond the traditional publication-vetting process and captures a paper’s impact in the peer-reviewed crowdsourcing realm.8 It reports the influence of an author’s work or parts of his or her work in the semantic Web. The authors of the Altmetrics: A Manifesto Website believe their measurement will replace the JIF as a better representation of scholarly output. However, Altmetrics has yet to be proven and vetted as reliable. I see it being used alongside other metrics of scholarly validity and finding its place in P&T decisions in determining the effectiveness of scholarly discourse contributed in the social network. Academia has relied on the JIF for several years, and it is a metric that authors, librarians, and publishers understand and know how to use. It will not be disappearing or supplanted anytime soon. History is going to be published in chinese , for distribution in print throughout the people’s Republic of china . This is no small matter, and no small translation job. Only two major English-language reference works, according to librarian advisors, have been translated 1. The Thomson c orporation. (2005) Journal Citation Reports on the Web 4 .0, page 10. 2. Immediacy Index http://admin-apps. 3. The Thomson c orporation. (2005) Journal Citation Reports on the Web 4 .0, page 11. 4. Bergstrom, carl ( 2007 ). Eigenfactor: Measuring the value and prestige of scholarly journals. C&RL News , p314 . 5. metrics.html 6. e ysenbach, g unther ( 2011 ). Can Tweets Predict Citations? Metrics of Social Impact Based on Twitter and Correlation with Traditional Metrics of Scientific Impact . Journal of Medical Internet Research , 13 ( 4 ): e123 . 7. Kelley , Michael ( 2012 ). Two Architects of Library Discovery Tools Launch an Altmetrics Venture . Library Journal , http:// 2012 /05/socialmedia/two -architects-of-library-discoverytools-launch-an-altmetrics-venture/. 8. Altmetrics : A Manifesto.

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