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Expert Group on Altmetrics

NEW: Final Report of the Expert Group on Altmetrics is available

Publication date: 20 March 2017

The Expert Group on Altmetrics outlines in this report how to advance a next-generation metrics in the context of Open Science and delivers an advice corresponding to the following policy lines of the Open Science Agenda: Fostering Open Science, Removing barriers to Open Science, Developing research infrastructures and Embed Open Science in society.

The report will be presented and discussed at the Open Science Policy Platform on 20 March 2017

The report can be downloaded here  PDF icon 796 KB


DG Research and Innovation has established an Expert Group on Altmetrics which will conduct its work over the whole of 2016.

The Expert Group will, among other:

  • Categorise and review different altmetrics and their relationship to more established scientometrics
  • Define the features of a 'responsible metrics' aimed at a responsible use of altmetrics to advance open science, able to track desirable impacts, and qualities of scientific research
  • Develop an agenda for the development of such a 'responsible metrics'

The Expert Group on Altmetrics advices DG Research and Innovation. Altmetrics is a main topic of the European Open Science Agenda which will be further developed and implemented with support of the Open Science Policy Platform (see Open Science Policy Platform)


Call for Evidence

Please send responses to
(Please download pdf for detail and the mandatory format for the evidence to be submitted).

Next-generation altmetrics: responsible metrics and evaluation for open science  PDF icon 164 KB


Members of the Expert Group

James Wilsdon, chair

Professor of Research Policy and Director of Impact and Engagement in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield.

Since 2013, he has been Chair of the UK’s Campaign for Social Science, and he recently chaired an independent review of the role of metrics in the management of the UK’s research system, which published its final report The Metric Tide in July 2015.

Previously, he worked as Professor of Science and Democracy at SPRU, University of Sussex (2011-2015), Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society (2008-2011), Head of Science and Innovation at Demos (2001-2008), Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies (2006-2008) and Senior Policy Adviser at Forum for the Future (1997-2001).

James is one of the editors of the Guardian's 'Political Science' blog, on science, research and innovation policy, and an Associate Editor of the open access journal Palgrave Communications. In 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the UK's national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences.

Paul Wouters

Professor in Scientometrics

professor of scientometrics and director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University. He has published on the history of the Science Citation Index, on and in scientometrics, and on the way the criteria of scientific quality and relevance have been changed by the use of performance indicators. Since 1999, he was appointed as leader of two research programs on the role of information technology in research by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, published in Virtual Knowledge. Experimenting in the Humanities and Social Sciences (MIT Press 2013). He was Principal Investigator of several European research consortia, among others ACUMEN on research careers and evaluation of individual researchers. Paul is chair of the Dutch STS Graduate School Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC).

Robert Frodeman

Professor in philosophy at the University of North Texas

Was the Principal Investigator of the NSF funded project (2008-2012) Comparative Assessment of Models for Integrating Societal Impacts Concerns into the Peer Review of Grant Proposals.

He is globally networked on the issue of 'broader impacts of science', and has organised numerous international workshop underpinning work on altmetrics.

He received his Ph.D in Philosophy in 1988 from Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters in the Earth Sciences (Colorado) in 1996.

Judit Bar-Ilan

Professor at the Department of Information Science at Bar-Ilan University

She holds the Chair of the Library Committee and headed the Department of Information Science from 2008-2012. She is the academic head of the Israeli Consortium for Digital Information Services and she earned her Ph. D in computer science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1990.

Elisabeth Lex

Assistant Professor at Graz University of Technology

Elisabeth Lex is assistant professor at Graz University of Technology and she heads the Social Computing research area at Know-Center GmbH. Her research interests include Social Computing, Web Science, Science 2.0, Open Science, Social Media Analytics, Social Networks, Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Information Retrieval. As an area manager at Know-Center, Elisabeth is responsible for managing multiple large national and international scientific and industry driven projects. Among other courses at Graz University of Technology, Elisabeth teaches Web Science as well as Science 2.0 at Graz University of Technology.

Isabella Peters

Professor Web Science at ZBW Leibniz Information Center for Economics and Kiel University

Isabella Peters has been Professor of Web Science at ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and Chair of the Web Science research group at Kiel University since 2013. She received her PhD in Information Science at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Her research focusses on user-generated content and its potential in knowledge representation and information retrieval as well as on scholarly communication on the social web, e.g. altmetrics.

Professor Peters is active in the Association for Information Science and Technology (in particular European Chapter and SIGMetrics) as well as in the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0.

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