• Alternative Impact Measures for Open Access Documents ? An examination how to generate interoperable usage information from distributed open access services

    Author(s):
    Ulrich Herb (see profile)
    Date:
    2010
    Subject(s):
    Information science, Library and information science
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Proceedings of the World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
    Conf. Org.:
    International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
    Conf. Loc.:
    Goteborg
    Conf. Date:
    2010
    Tag(s):
    Impact, usage data, scientific publishing
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6G92B
    Abstract:
    Publishing and bibliometric indicators are of utmost relevance for scientists and research institutions as the impact or importance of a publication is mostly regarded to be equivalent to a citation based indicator, e.g. in form of the Journal Impact Factor or the Hirsch-Index. Performance measurement both on an individual and institutional level depends strongly on these impact scores. This contribution shows that most common methods to assess the impact of scientific publications often discriminate open access publications – and by that reduce the attractiveness of Open Access for scientists. Assuming that the motivation to use open access publishing services (e.g. a journal or a repository) would increase if these services would convey some sort of reputation or impact to the scientists, alternative models of impact are discussed. Prevailing research results indicate that alternative metrics based on usage information of electronic documents are suitable to complement or to relativize citation based indicators. Furthermore an insight into the project Open Access Statistics OAS is given. OAS implemented an infrastructure to collect document-related usage information from distributed open access repositories in an aggregator service in order to generate interoperable document access information according to three standards (COUNTER, LogEc, IFABC). The service also guarantees the deduplication of users and identical documents on different servers. In a second phase it is no t only planned to implement added services as recommender features, but also to evaluate alternative impact metrics based on usage patterns of electronic documents.
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    Published
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