METRICS 2015 Workshop Program

9:00 – 10:00 am: Case studies in bibliometrics
George Lan, Lei Pan and Sophia Katrenko Analyzing Interdisciplinary Research Along Multiple Dimensions of Research Impactpresentation
Philippe Mongeon The impact of funding on research collaboration: the case of Quebec researcherspresentation
Katherine Mccain Collaboration Patterns in Model Organism Research: Co-authorship, acknowledgement, and the starlet sea anemone (Nematostella vectensis)
10:00 – 10:30 am: Coffee Break
Open-Poster Presentations*
10:30 – 11:30 am: Relationship between bibliometrics and information retrieval
Kun Lu, Xin Cai, Isola Ajiferuke and Dietmar Wolfram Vocabulary Size and Its Effect on Topic Representation for Informetric and Information Retrieval Data Processingpresentation
Theresa Velden Same Data, Different Results? On a Comparative Topic Extraction Exercisepresentation
Rob Koopman, Shenghui Wang and Andrea Scharnhorst Between information retrieval services and bibliometrics research – new ways of semantic browsing and visual analyticspresentation
11:30 – 12:30 pm: Student papers — Best student paper awarded by Elsevier
Misha Teplitskiy, Grace Lu and Eamon Duede Amplifying the Impact of Open Access: Wikipedia and the Diffusion of Science
Fei Shu and Philippe Mongeon Evolution of iSchool Movement (1988-2013): A Bibliometric Viewpresentation
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:50 pm: Alt(ernative)metrics
Stacy Konkiel Citation lags for articles referenced in public policy documents: an exploratory studypresentation
**Philippe Mongeon, Adèle Paul-Hus and Fei Shu Twitter activity and scientific collaboration of LIS schools and faculty memberspresentation
James Pringle A New Interest Indicator Based on Researcher Behavior in the Web of Sciencepresentation
**Stefanie Haustein and Rodrigo Costas Identifying Twitter audiences: who is tweeting about scientific papers?presentation
2:50 – 3:30 pm: Broadening the scope of bibliometrics
Bradford Demarest Comparative discourse epistemetrics: Research article abstracts and full textspresentation
Bahram Kalhor, Mohammad Reza Ghane and Alireza Nikravanshalmani Approximating percentage of academic traffic in the World Wide Web and rankings of countries based on academic traffic
3:30 – 4:00 pm: Coffee Break
Open-Poster Presentations*
4:00 – 4:40 pm: Metrics in use
Betsy Martens, Christopher Fiebrich and Bradley Illston Mapping Oklahoma Mesonet Sensor Datastreamspresentation
Edwin Henneken Metrics and Visualizations in the Astrophysics Data Systempresentation
4:40 – 5:00 pm: Best altmetrics paper awarded by and figshare

*  Bring your own poster and discuss your late-breaking research with workshop participants.
** Winners of the Best altmetrics paper award.

Invited posters after peer-review
Virginia A. Dressler. Beyond Google Analytics: Using the ‘Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources’ to embed metrics and gauge use of regional digital collections.


METRICS 2015 Workshop


Workshop sponsored by ASIS&T SIG/MET
ASIS&T 2015 Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 9:00am –5:00pm
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, US


The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Metrics (SIG/MET) will host a workshop prior to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for presentations and in-depth conversations on (alt-) metric-related issues, including the latest theories, approaches, applications, innovations, and tools. The workshop is envisioned as a combination of short presentations, posters and open discussion.
SIG/MET is the Special Interest Group for the measurement of information production and use. It encourages the development and networking of all those interested in the measurement of information and, thus, encompasses not only bibliometrics and scientometrics, but informetrics in a larger sense including measurement of the Web and the Internet, applications running on these platforms, and metrics related to network analysis, visualization, and scholarly communication. Hence, metric research recently expanded beyond traditional research products – such as articles and citations – to include web-based products, such as blogs, tweets and other social media, so-called altmetrics. These social media are changing some of the ways research is being disseminated and, in turn, influences the field of metrics.

Research on metrics has been growing significantly over the last decades. In addition to account for a significant proportion of the literature published in core LIS journals, there is also a large proportion of metrics literature published in general science journals as well as in medical journals. Recent workshops on the topics have been largely successful. For instance, SIG/MET already held five workshops at ASIS&T’s annual meetings that steadily increased their number of attendees. As in previous years, the SIG recognized outstanding student contributions, with one session devoted to presenting these awards and presentations by the recipients.

The 2015 workshop would continue in this vein and consolidate the work done in previous iterations of the workshop. We propose to include presentations from both established researchers and students, all done in an informal setting where genuine exchanges can be made. The topics covered would include the following but are not limited to:

  • Theories of the publication process, citations and social media in scholarly communication
  • New indicators and methods, especially altmetrics and social media metrics
  • Tools, platforms, research infrastructure – technological development and metrics
  • Impact of indicators (evaluation, information retrieval, research management, etc.)
  • Metrics in a library, archive and other institutional setting
  • Open access, open science and metrics
  • Limitations, misuses and adverse effects of metrics – the ethics of metrics
  • The challenge of interdisciplinarity
  • Visualizations of scholarly impact measures and analyses


Submissions should be in the form of a two-page extended abstract. Conceptual, empirical, and works-in-progress will be accepted for submission. Where appropriate, up to three figures/tables can be provided.

Two types of submissions will be accepted: posters and presentations. Please indicate the type of submission in bold at the beginning of your submission. The requirements for both formats are the same.

Posters will provide scholars with a format for presenting works-in-progress and works that are best presented visually. Every poster will be introduced in a poster pitch-format.

The presentations will be an opportunity for researchers and professionals to present and discuss research that is more fully developed.

The abstracts of accepted papers and posters as well as the presentation slides will be published on figshare (, that allocates DOIs to uploaded content, and linked from the SIG/MET website to enhance visibility and retrievability of presented research.

Please submit in .pdf, .doc or .docx to:

Peer-Review process

Each submission will be reviewed and brief feedback will be given in narrative format.


This year ( and Figshare have kindly offered to award a cash prize for the best paper on research related to altmetrics or social media metrics.

Outstanding research papers from students will also be awarded in a Student Paper Contest. The first author of the paper entered into this contest must be a full-time student at the time of submission, irrespective of ASIS&T or SIG/MET membership. Please submit to

The winners of both awards will be selected by the SIG/MET officers from the accepted submissions presented in St. Louis.

Important Dates

      Submissions due (EXTENDED): September 7, 2015


      Notifications: September 15, 2015


    Workshop: November 7th, 2015, 9:00am –5:00pm

Registration fees

The registration fee (early bird) includes wifi, coffee breaks and lunch:
$265 (SIG member with lunch) – $275 (non-member)


  • Isabella Peters (ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel, Germany)
  • Stefanie Haustein (University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada)
  • Chaoqun Ni (Simmons College, Boston, USA)
  • Kun Lu (University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA)
  • Timothy D Bowman (Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland)


With questions, please contact
Isabella Peters (Chair, SIG/MET)

2015 ASIS&T SIG/MET Student Paper Contest

Are you tired of preparing papers which immediately migrate into your professors’ files and have not been seen ever since? Recover your papers and send your most promising papers to the 2015 ASIST SIG/MET Student paper contest!


SIG/MET ( seeks to encourage the development and networking opportunities of all those interested in the measurement of information. This contest is intended to foster student growth and promote the generation of new ideas and research in metric-related topics, including bibliometrics, scientometrics, informetrics, and altmetrics.


The first author of contest submissions must be a full-time student at the time of submission, irrespective of ASIS&T or SIG/MET membership. SIG/MET reserves the right to request proof of enrollment. Submissions should not be published work,


Papers should discuss theories, methods, policies, case studies, etc. on aspects of the measurement of information production and use. Topics could include: Metric-Related Theory, Methods and new techniques, Citation and co-citation analysis, Indicators, Information visualization, Research policy, Productivity, Journals, databases and electronic publications, Collaboration/Co-authorship, Patent analysis, Knowledge and topic diffusion, Altmetrics


Papers will be reviewed by SIG/MET officers and advisors to the SIG/MET workshop. At least one winner will be chosen. In the past, we have also given commendation to other particularly outstanding papers. Selection criteria include the quality of the research, the presentation of the results, and the originality of the research question.


The winner will be awarded a one-year membership to ASIS&T and a cash prize. Authors of highly rated papers will be invit-ed to present their research under their own expense at the SIG/MET workshop held during the 2015 Annual ASIS&T Meeting (


Submissions can be of any length and format, but should ideally reflect typical standards of a journal article (i.e., approximately 6,000 words and in an appropriate citation style for the social sciences).

Submission & Deadline

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts by midnight EST on Monday August 31, 2015, to the following website:  
Authors will be notified about the results by September 12, 2015.

For inquiries and further information please contact:  Kim Powell (