Altmetrics Q & A
Q. What is the difference between Altmetrics and Altmetric?
A. "Altmetrics" is an opposite term to the traditional journal impact index, such as Impact Factor or h-index. It measures the impact of research outcomes focusing on online use.
"Altmetric" is a kind of database that provides the influence data of a thesis with this measurement method.
Q. What are the advantages of Altmetrics?
A. Impact Factor should wait a year after publication, but Altmetrics will collect data online and update it for immediate use. As a result, researchers can immediately see the response to their research and develop research through sharing ideas with other researchers. These real-time data can be useful to new researcher or researchers who need quick feedback on my research work.
Unlike traditional indexes, which are based on units of journals and researchers, you can find out the influence based on a thesis unit and see detailed information such as which parts are shared and referred among researchers. In addition, it can also be used to develop research trends and PR strategies by analyzing which research is attractive to researchers in recent years and what channels are these studies mentioned.
Q. Altmetrics is not necessarily correct answer.
A. By using the Altmetrics, you can see what researchers are interested in and pay attention to, but this does not necessarily lead to quality of research. As a result, Altmetrics is not an alternative but a means of supplementing existing research impact indicators. Also, because academics still care about citation indexes, we recommend that using two indexes as a complement to each other(rather than using only one index).