B – Altmetrics for institutional repositories

Konkiel S, Scherer D. New opportunities for repositories in the age of altmetrics. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 2013;39(4):22-26

By reporting altmetrics (alternative metrics based on online activity) for their content, institutional repositories can add value to existing metrics – and prove their relevance and importance in an age of growing cutbacks to library services. This article discusses the metrics that repositories currently deliver and how altmetrics can supplement existing usage statistics to provide a broader interpretation of research-output impact for the benefit of authors, library-based publishers and repository managers, and university administrators alike.