The future of science will include in part better evaluations of the impact of individual scientists, individual papers and individual other units such as data sets, software, presentations, etc.
There are many efforts in this area of “Alt Metrics” and one I have been playing around with recently is Impact Story. It used to be called Total Impact but they changed their name and some of their focus. It is pretty easy to use.
One thing you can do is to create “A Collection.” To do this you go to their site, you register, and then you select “Create Collection“. And you add some information there
- ORCID ID: ORCID is a new system for unique author IDs. Once you get your unique ID you can curate / update your papers at the site (the site needs some work … some issues there with duplication). I have gotten my ORCID ID and updating my publications there.
- Articles from Google Scholar profile. This allows one to upload a Bibtext fuile of one’s publication list from Google Scholar. To get this, you need a Google Scholar page. I have one here. I have been playing a lot with Google Scholar recently: The Tree of Life: Wow – Google Scholar “Updates” a big step forward … and The Tree of Life: Thank you Google Scholar Updates for finding me … but did not realize it had a Bibtex export function until now. From the drop down menu one selects “Export” and then can export ones publications (in the screen capture below the default option is Actions). Once you get a Bibtex file you can upload it to ImpactStory.
- Article and Dataset IDs. Here one can Pubmed IDs or DOIs for other publications or datasets. Since most / all of my papers are in my Bibtext export and Orcid ID what I imagine using this for is data from places like Figshare and DataDryad.
- Webpage URLs. One can include URLs here. But so far my experience has been that they do not have a good system of assessing webpages.
- Slideshare username. If you are not posting slides and other materials on Slideshare, get with the program. I post all my talks there. And other things.
- Github Username. A good place to post code/software. We are doing this more and more in my lab. I have a username though I don’t do much there myself.
- PDF views.
- HTML Views.
- Facebook shares.
- Twitter shares.
- And much more.
It is important to realize this is a BETA version. Still needs some work. But LOTS of cool things to play with. The future is here and I like it. Time to end reliance on indirect measures of the impact of papers and data (e.g., Journal Impact Factor). Time to measure actual impact. And this is a good tool to help do that.