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 ...
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is the Eigenfactor (www.eigenfactor.org), 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 arXiv.org 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
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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
Born and lived: Born in Buffalo, NY. Lived in Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; and
now Birmingham, AL. (Yes, I do miss the snow).
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.
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!
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. webofknowledge.com/JCR/help/h_immedindex.htm.
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. http://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/ 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:// www.thedigitalshift.com/ 2012 /05/socialmedia/two -architects-of-library-discoverytools-launch-an-altmetrics-venture/.
8. Altmetrics : A Manifesto. http://altmetrics.org/manifesto/