May 23, 2016

Altmetrics Standards

Some researchers and librarians are interested in developing standards for altmetrics (similar to the COUNTER standard) as a means of collecting clean, auditable data; preventing gaming; and promoting the responsible use of metrics.

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is currently exploring the development of such standards. For more information, see their website.

Based on preliminary best practices recommended by NISO, both Altmetric and Plum Analytics have released statements describing their data collection practices.

It should be noted that no similar standards exist for the collection, reporting, and use of citation data.