32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Wednesday, November 7 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Afternoon Preconference: COUNTER at 10: Evolving Measures of Journal Impact, Value and Utility

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Since it was launched in 2002, COUNTER has become an established standard that librarians worldwide now use to help them assess the value and utility of the journals in their collections. COUNTER-based metrics such as ‘cost-per-download’ have been used to compare the value of journals from different vendors. Yet, in the last decade the way online journals are structured and accessed has changed significantly and we must ask if the traditional, COUNTER-based usage statistics now provide sufficient insights into the usage of today’s online journals. Researchers are, after all, developing new activities such as blogging and twittering. Should we be measuring these and other forms of activity beyond item downloads, searches, etc? Would reporting content downloads at the sub-article level provide clarity or confusion?

For an even longer period, ISI citation data have been used as a basis for measuring the impact and influence, not only of journals, but also of individual authors and their institutions. What role will citation measures have in the future?

More recently, some novel forms of impact measurement – altmetrics- have emerged, that are both impressive and startling, and which attempt to provide new insights and alternatives to traditional  measures, such as the number of readers, tags used, bookmarks, comments and threads, blogging and tweets. A pioneer in this area has been PLoS, and as yet few other publishers have developed a large suite of altmetrics.

The transformation of scholarly communication into a variety of digital networked forms has created both challenges and opportunities for the evaluation of the impact of research. The aim of this pre-conference is to provide a forum for the discussion of new ways of assessing the scientific and social impact of research publications and to identify possible future directions for such metrics.


Mayur Amin

Director of Research, Elsevier
Mayur heads a global Research and Relations group at Elsevier and is based in Oxford.  He has been involved in scholarly publishing for over 30 years, initially with Pergamon and then with Elsevier. His early interest in the communication needs of the scholarly community was formed... Read More →

Richard Cave

Director of IT and Computer Operations, PLOS
Richard oversees the I.T. Operations and Development teams at PLOS. When he joined PLOS in 2005, the I.T. department consisted of two web producers and a few decrepit servers. Fast forward to 2012 - the team now consists of almost twenty employees including developers, support technicians... Read More →
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Carol Tenopir

Professor, University of Tennessee, School of Information Sciences
A frequent speaker at professional conferences and prolific author, Carol Tenopir is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee. For the last decade she has served on the Leadership Team of the NSF-funded DataONE project, which has brought together librarians, scientists... Read More →
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Berenika Webster

Product Manager, Thomson Reuters
Dr Berenika M. Webster is a Product Manager for the Thomson Reuters Scientific.  She is responsible for the development of two research analytics products: InCites and Research in View.  Berenika holds a Masters degree in Information Science from University of Western Ontario and... Read More →

Hazel Woodward

Director, Information Power
Until 2012, Hazel had spent her entire career in academic libraries, latterly as Director of Libraries at Cranfield University, UK. She is now a Director of Information Power, a consultancy company which works with both publishers and libraries on management and strategy issues. Hazel... Read More →

Paul Wouters

Centre for Science and Technology Studies, University of Leiden

Wednesday November 7, 2012 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Francis Marion Gold Ballroom 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403