A Perspective on Altmetrics

  • Henk F. MoedEmail author
Part of the Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Scientific and Scholarly Communication book series (QQASSC)


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).


Architecture of attention Computerization Critical mass Digitization Ethos of science Open science Politically neutral Reinventing discovery Zotero 

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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