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'Traditional metrics, altmetrics and researcher profiles: A survey of faculty perceptions and use’

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dc.contributor.author Ferrier-Watson, Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-24T23:25:02Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-12T02:33:46Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-24T23:25:02Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-12T02:33:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2019
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20998
dc.description.abstract Research problem This study investigated faculty perceptions and use of traditional and alternative metrics (altmetrics), as well as their perceptions and use of researcher profiles at a medium sized University in New Zealand. Methodology A quantitative study was carried out through an anonymous online survey sent to all research active academic staff (approximately 450). The survey contained a 33 point questionnaire combining open ended and closed questions. Results The survey received a 20% response rate (91 partial and 88 complete responses). No respondents considered traditional metrics were extremely accurate in reflecting the value of scholarly work, and only a few felt altmetrics were extremely accurate. Uptake of metrics is related to the perceived importance of those measures to academic promotion and research assessment. Sciences reported the greatest awareness and use, closely followed by social sciences. Arts and humanities expressed the least awareness and use. Respondents felt that traditional metrics should play less of a role in research evaluation and academic promotion, and that altmetrics should play a greater role. Many were also keenly aware of the dissonance between what they see as the value or impact of their work and what actually is measured and valued by the multiple institutions of academia. Respondents felt researcher profiles increase visibility, citation rates, altmetrics, but the time and skill required to maintain profiles presents a barrier to their uptake. Implications for libraries The metrics landscape is complex and controversial, and uptake is nuanced and highly context dependent even within disciplines. Librarians should work to understand the larger debate around quantitative and qualitative indicators of impact as well the specific disciplinary milieu and individual researcher needs before providing advice and support. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Impact indicators en_NZ
dc.subject Impact measures en_NZ
dc.subject Bibliometrics en_NZ
dc.subject Traditional metrics en_NZ
dc.subject Altmetrics en_NZ
dc.subject Researcher profiles en_NZ
dc.subject Academic engagement en_NZ
dc.subject Faculty perceptions en_NZ
dc.subject Evaluation gap en_NZ
dc.subject Scholarly communication en_NZ
dc.title 'Traditional metrics, altmetrics and researcher profiles: A survey of faculty perceptions and use’ en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Information Management en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 080706 Librarianship en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 080705 Informetrics en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Masters Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Library and Information Studies en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Information Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 461006 Library Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoaV2 280115 Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences en_NZ

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