A Perspective on Altmetrics
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This chapter discusses the potential of altmetrics. It starts with analyzing what the main drivers of altmetrics are. A multi-dimensional conception of altmetrics is proposed, namely as traces of the computerization of the research process, and as a tool for the practical realization of the ethos of science and scholarship in a computerized or digital age. An attempt is made to provide a theoretical foundation of altmetrics, based on notions developed by Michael Nielsen in his monograph Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science (Nielsen, 2011).