ATG Book of the Week: Altmetrics: A practical guide for librarians, researchers and academics,

altmetricsTitle: Altmetrics: A practical guide for librarians, researchers and academics,
Editor: Andy Tattersall
Paperback: ISBN: 9781783300105, £49.95; (CILIP members price: £39.96)
Imprint: London: Facet Publishing, 2016

“This new book brings together experts in their fields to guide readers through the practical and technical aspects of altmetrics.

Altmetrics focuses on research artefact level metrics that are not exclusive to traditional journal papers but also extend to book chapters, posters and data sets, among other items. It offers additional indicators of attention, review and impact that add highly responsive layers to the slower to accrue traditional research metrics.

Contributed to by leading atmetric innovators including Euan Adie, founder and CEO of, William Gunn, Head of Academic Outreach at Mendeley and Ben Showers, author of the bestselling Library Analytics and Metrics, the book details  the methods that can be employed to reach different audiences, even with  only minimal resources.

The book explains the theory behind altmetrics and provides practical advice to using the  increasing number of tools available for librarians and researchers to measure, share, connect and communicate research including, Facebook, Mendeley, ResearchGate, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Figshare,, SlideShare Kudos and many more.

Anyone wanting to understand altmetrics and encourage others to use it will find this book essential reading including library and information professionals working in higher education, researchers, academics and higher education leaders and strategists.”

The editor, Andy Tattersall, has also made a video to complement the book which provides a whistle-stop tour of altmetrics and associated tools. The video can be viewed here.



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